Springfield, Mo. – On Nov. 14, 2023, at 5:54 p.m., officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian at Grand and Newton.

A black 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Leonardo Gato, 72, of Springfield, was westbound on Grand when it hit a pedestrian, Karyn Williamson, 60, of Springfield. Gato was taken into custody.

Williamson was transported to the hospital where she died. Williamson's family has been notified.

While impairment is suspected as a factor, the investigation is ongoing as to the circumstances involved in the crash.

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This was Springfield's 25th fatal motor vehicle crash in 2023.

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