Newport Police Officers responded to an injury motor vehicle crash on South Coast Highway in front of City Hall earlier last month – a crash that apparently took some time to forensically reconstruct.
An investigation determined that Landon Plaster, age 19 of Newport, was speeding south-bound on Hwy 101 in a 2004 Dodge Neon. Police say Plaster was determined to be Speed Racing with Sidney Walker, age 20 of Newport. Walker was also speeding south-bound in a 1994 Toyota Corolla.
As they began rounding the gradual curve from 101 and Hwy 20, Sharon Henley, 75, was pulling onto Highyway 101 north-bound from the Dollar Tree parking lot in her 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. Plaster’s vehicle hit her Pontiac. Walker’s vehicle missed it. Both Plaster and Henley were found to be wearing their seatbelts and airbags deployed in both vehicles. Both Plaster and Henley were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities hospital by Pac West Ambulance. They were treated for their injuries, and later were released.
As a result of the investigation and crash reconstruction, Walker, although not physically involved in the accident, was none-the-less arrested on April 2nd, and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. His bail was set at $30,000. Plaster was arrested on April 3rd and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for Assault IV, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief II. Bail was set at $60,000.
Both Plaster and Walker were cited for the violation of Speed Racing, which carries a presumptive fine of $435.00 each.