Fiery crash leaves one dead, two others seriously injured

Angel Daniels

Pictured is the fully engulfed 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer which was driven by Henri Sanchez Rodriquez. Rodriquez lost his life as a result of the accident late Wednesday night.

A fiery crash on Wednesday night left a Springfield man dead and two other Springfield residents seriously injured. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 10:48 p.m., officers responded to a multi-vehicle accident on I-44 near Halltown. Upon arrival the officers found a fully engulfed vehicle and two other vehicles also involved in the accident.
Investigation revealed Henri Sanchez Rodriquez, 20, of Springfield was traveling eastbound on I-44 in a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer when he ran off the roadway, struck the guard cable, returned to the roadway striking a 2023 Dodge 3500 pickup driven by Harkavenko Pavlo, 31, of Inman, S.C., who was also traveling eastbound. Pavlo then ran off the right side of the roadway and Rodriquez’s vehicle came to rest in the passing lane. It was at that moment a third vehicle, a 2016 Cadillac CT6 driven by Ronald L. Rodgers, 82, of Springfield, struck Rodriquez’s vehicle from behind. Rodgers vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway and came to rest on the shoulder. Rodriquez’s vehicle came to rest again in the passing lane and caught fire. The secondary crash resulted in Rodriquez’s death.
Rodgers and his passenger, Gertrude L. Rodgers, 86, of Springfield were both transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. They were both wearing seat belts and insured at the time of the accident. It is not known if Rodriquez was insured or wearing a safety device at the time.
Rodriquez was transported to Lakin Funeral Home.
This is Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D’s 86th fatality of the year.


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