Man told police he drove car that killed pedestrian on Jan. 22

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Springfield police detective believes he knows who was driving the car that hit and killed a man on National Avenue near Cherry Street. No one is charged for the death of Bradley Bizzle because it may take several weeks or months for a crime lab to confirm whether Bizzle’s hair and blood was left behind on the car.

Bizzle died after being hit while crossing National shortly before 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The driver of the car that hit him did not stop.

Information about the car and driver that likely hit Bizzle is in a search warrant affidavit that was filed in Greene County Circuit Court last week. The car is a 1995 Cadillac Seville and the man who said he was driving it is a 40-year-old man from Reeds Spring. The search warrant application for the car does not say how detectives found it.

Springfield detectives interviewed the man at the Stone County sheriff’s office on Jan. 25, three days after the crash. In the application for the search warrant, a detective said the man “told police officers that he was driving (the Seville) north on National Avenue at Cherry Street and that he was ‘drunk, or buzzed’ as he drove it. (He) stated that he owned the Cadillac and that he was the only person in the Cadillac as he drove. (He) confessed to knowing that he hit a large object that was possibly a human being but that he continued to drive without stopping to check because he was ‘scared.’ (He) stated that he was scared because he had been consuming alcohol and knew there was a good chance that he struck a person with his Cadillac.”

The man said he kept driving until he got home to Reeds Spring. That’s where detectives found it and “located damage consistent with striking a person. The vehicle had a broken right front turn signal, a dent in the front right fender, a broken right mirror and an approximately 6-inch round, shattered area in the lower right corner of the front windshield. This damage is consistent with witness statements obtained at the original crash scene stating that the pedestrian was struck by the car and the impact was on the right side of the car. The car was described as a dark, larger car and (this) Cadillac is black,” the search warrant affidavit says.

After getting the search warrant, detectives told a judge, they seized the passenger side rear-view mirror, the passenger side turn signal assemblies, paint scrapings from the hood and fender, windshield glass, hair strands from the shattered area on the windshield, swabs of bodily fluid on a fender and the hood, and fingerprints from the front passenger door. Detectives said the crime lab would likely do DNA testing on the items that were seized.

The entire car is now stored in a Springfield Police Department garage. The affidavit indicated that its mechanical condition would be examined to see how all its parts were working.

The man who owns the car and said he was driving was not booked into the Greene County jail. He remains free while the investigation continues.