Police ID Springfield man hit, killed by truck; Driver charged with vehicular homicide

SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m. (April 6):

Police identified a Springfield man as the victim of a deadly pedestrian crash Monday and have located and charged the suspected driver.

Russell Morgan, 57, was identified by investigators as the man killed in the crash, reported on East High Street near South Arlington Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday.

An initial investigation found Morgan was crossing East High Street when he was hit. A car had stopped to let him cross the street, however a pickup truck pulling a trailer passed the car on the right and hit Morgan with the trailer, police said in the crash report.

Morgan was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The pickup truck did not stop and fled the scene but was later located by investigators Monday night.

The driver, identified as Sarah Swaney, 47, of Springfield, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence, improper passing on the right, operating an unsafe vehicle, driving under a security suspension, and driving without a valid driver’s license, according to court records.

Swaney made an initial appearance in Clark County Municipal Court Tuesday, entered a not guilty plea, and had her bond set at $10,000.

She was not listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

FIRST REPORT (April 5):

A pedestrian has died from their injuries after they were hit by a vehicle in Springfield and police are looking for the vehicle involved, according to police.

Police and fire crews were called to the area of East High Street and South Arlington Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday after the crash was reported.

The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of family and further investigation by Springfield police, officers told News Center 7.

The vehicle involved did not stop after the crash and fled the scene, police said. Investigators have a suspect vehicle description however it was not released.

East High Street was blocked for hours while a crash reconstruction unit investigated the incident.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.