Springfield police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects in a hit-and-run fatality. (Photo by Springfield Police Department)

Springfield police are asking people to be on the lookout for a car that matches the description of a vehicle that reportedly struck a pedestrian after she was struck by a motorcyclist.

Investigators on May 3 sought help identifying two people who they believe were in the car when the fatal collisions on Fremont Avenue occurred. According to a later Springfield Police Department release, tipsters identified the suspects. The police are not making their identities public as of Wednesday afternoon.

Sandra Brown, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was reportedly hit by two vehicles. Brown was walking east across Fremont Avenue at the Lindberg Street intersection just before 10 p.m. on April 29. 

Springfield police are asking the public for help in locating a 2000s Chevrolet Cobalt that investigators believe struck Sandra Brown after she was hit by a motorcycle. Brown, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by Springfield Police Department)

Investigation led to discovery of second vehicle involved in woman’s death

The initial police report stated Brown was killed after she was struck by a yellow 1994 Honda motorcycle traveling southbound on Fremont. The motorcyclist, Rodney Shires, 56, fled the scene, police say, and he was arrested later at his home. Shires is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Following more investigation of the fatal collision, police determined that another vehicle hit Brown as well. On May 3, police asked the public to look out for a red Chevrolet Cobalt from the 2005-2010 period. Police also released a surveillance image of the suspected driver and passenger in the Cobalt at the time Brown was hit. The footage shows the two walking through an entrance at nearby Mercy Hospital. Cris Swaters, Springfield Police Department spokeswoman, said the image was captured on the day of Brown’s death. 

Police are asking anyone with info to call SPD’s Traffic Unit at 417-864-1447 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS.

Cory Matteson

Cory Matteson moved to Springfield in 2022 to join the team of Daily Citizen journalists and staff eager to launch a local news nonprofit. He returned to the Show-Me State nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to arriving in Springfield, he worked as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star and Casper Star-Tribune. More by Cory Matteson