Update: Breanna Thomas was pronounced deceased today. Our investigation is ongoing.
Teen is critically injured after midday crash
The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash at 1:48 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the 2500 block of W. Bennett. A black 2006 Nissan Altima driven by Austin Larue, 22, of Republic, was westbound at a high rate of speed. After going over the railroad tracks, he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road, striking a concrete pillar. His passenger, Breanna Thomas, 18, of Springfield, was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital where she is in critical condition. Larue was also injured and was transported to the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. Impairment may have been a factor as well as other circumstances that are currently under investigation.