Springfield, Mo. -- (2/16/2018) UPDATE: The pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle on James River Freeway has been identified as 48-year-old Kevin W. Mitchell of Springfield.
A 2005 Toyota Tundra driven by Charles Whaley, 27, of Clever, was traveling westbound on the on-ramp from Glenstone onto James River Expressway when it struck the pedestrian who was crossing northbound. This investigation is ongoing.
This marks the third fatality crash in Springfield for 2018.
(2/15/18) A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle on James River Freeway near Glenstone. Springfield Police were dispatched to the scene around 7:30pm on Thursday evening. The man, who officers believe was possibly homeless, was hit in the westbound lane of James River Freeway and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was believed to be near 50 years old but has not been identified. He also had a dog with him at the time, which was also killed in the collision.
The man driving the truck that struck the pedestrian was given a field sobriety test, but was allowed to leave the scene. Authorities do not believe the driver was impaired.
One westbound lane of James River Freeway is still closed at this time as officers continue to process the scene, and will remain closed until the early morning hours on Friday.