A 25-year-old Texas man was pronounced dead at the scene of an early-morning
crash today at Commercial Street and National Avenue, according to a report
from the Springfield Police Department.
Brandon S. Smith, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was a passenger in a westbound
1997 Acura driven by Harold L. Evans, 33, of Galena. Evans reportedly
lost control of the car and struck a traffic signal pole at the northeast
corner of the intersection, the report said.
The accident occurred about 12:15 a.m.
The Acura then struck a 76 Ford LTD that was southbound on National and
stopped for a red light at Commercial.
A second passenger in the Acura was not injured, Evans suffered minor injuries,
and was taken into custody due to alcohol impairment, according to the
Speed is also thought to have been a contributing factor in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
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