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Accused hit and run driver taken into custody

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On Sunday at about 1:45 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the Subway Restaurant on 101 on a report that two pedestrians had been struck by a motorist who then fled the scene.

During their investigation, officers learned Randy Parsons, age 51 of Newport, was driving a green 2014 Toyota pickup when he pulled out of the south parking lot of the Subway Restaurant. Dee Dee King, age 44, and Annie Stofle, age 20, both of Albany, were walking south on the sidewalk. Parsons drove out of the parking lot and struck both King and Stofle with his vehicle. He stopped, asked if they were alright, then drove away north on Highway 101 without providing his name or phone number.

When struck, King rolled up onto the hood of Parsons’ vehicle. She was complaining of abdominal pain, and transported to Good Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for evaluation. Stofle was struck in the hip, complained of pain, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Officers were able to locate Parsons at his residence where he was taken into custody at the Lincoln County Jail for Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver. His bail was set at $50,000.

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