Police           investigate hit-and-run accident

Andrew Scott

Early Saturday morning, a citizen heard someone calling for help south of Circle Park on the west side of Parsons.

Parsons police responded at 4:41 a.m. and found Andrew Scott, 18, of Parsons in a ditch near 35th Street and Southern Avenue. Scott had multiple injuries, according to a release from Parsons police.

Officers rendered aid and called for Labette Health Ambulance Service. Scott was taken to Labette Health for treatment of critical injuries. Scott was then flown by helicopter to Freeman Hospital in Joplin. His sister reported on social media that Scott is stable and remains in the intensive care unit at Freeman.

Scott reported being struck by an unknown vehicle at about 2:30 a.m. Officers located signs that the collision took place on Southern near 35th Street. The driver of the vehicle neither stopped to render aid nor called to report the collision. Sgt. Brice Dickens is coordinating the investigation.

Police Commander Kyle Wiford said police are still looking for more leads and are following up on information. He said Scott was at a party in the area and left on foot between 2 and 2:30 a.m.  The exact time of the accident is not known, he said.

“We are still encouraging residents in the area to check their home security systems for any leads,” Wiford said.

There has been some discussion on social media, but only one person has called in and one person came into the department with tips or information. Wiford said police have conducted multiple interviews with persons who were with Scott before the accident and have inspected several vehicles associated with these people.

Parsons police hope community members will help find the driver.

“This kind of incident is tragic and upsetting for multiple reasons,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a prepared statement. “First, that someone can hit a pedestrian and continue on without stopping. Secondly, we have heard that there are person(s) with knowledge of the possible suspect in this case but are withholding this information in hopes of gaining financially from Mr. Scott’s injuries and terrible circumstances. I hope that these person(s) will come forward and do the right thing to help a fellow citizen.”

Tips can be reported directly to the Parsons Police Department at 620-421-7060, to the tips Line at 620-421-7057 or by email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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