PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg resident and a police officer were injured in a pair of related car wrecks Tuesday night.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, PPD, the Pittsburg Fire Department and Crawford County EMS were dispatched to the 1600 block of East Quincy in reference to an injury accident. Upon arrival officers observed three vehicles involved in the wreck;a 2005 Toyota Sequoia, a 2005 Kia Sedona and a 2005 Dodge Neon. According to the release, officers then saw one individual, later identified as David Hawpe, pinned against the Kia.
Officers spoke to the subjects involved, including Diana Perrin, the driver of the Toyota, Preston Hummel, a witness, and David Hawpe, and learned that the Neon had broken down in the road. Hawpe arrived to attempt assistance and in doing so found his way in between the Kia and the Neon when the Toyota, driven by Perrin approached and struck the Kia; pinning Hawpe against it. Medical attention was provided on scene and Hawpe was transported to Via Christi for further treatment.
According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, a few minutes later, while responding to the East Quincy wreck, Officer Denise N. Burns, with the PPD, was eastbound on Quincy with her emergency lights and siren on, as she was approaching the intersection of East Quincy and South Joplin. As Burns entered the intersection she collided with a 1992 GMC Sonoma driven by Devyn D. Small, of Pittsburg, who was southbound on Joplin. Small's vehicle over-turned, coming to rest on its top.
Burns was transported by Crawford County EMS to Via Christi Hospital for minor injuries, and was later released. Small was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. PPD and PFD also responded to the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.