Oregon State Police Trooper Kolzcz responded on January 29th just after 7pm to a report of a hit and run crash south of Newport. Investigations showed the driver of a Ford was southbound on US-101 and while coming out of the curves at Ona Beach the driver of the Ford swerved to avoid a northbound Dodge Caliber which had crossed into the southbound lane. The Dodge struck the left rear of the Ford and caused it to rotate.
The driver of the Dodge had pulled over for a short period of time near N Beaver Creek Road but had left shortly later northbound on US-101 without waiting for police or fully exchanging information. Information given to law enforcement shows the driver of the Dodge was identified as 34-year old Kevin G. Szmania of Amboy Washington. A background check reveled he was criminally suspended. The information was sent to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges including failure to perform the duties of a driver in an accident and driving while suspended or revoked.