On Saturday Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were dispatched on a report of a reckless driver who caused a hit and run crash on Highway 101 just north of North Bend, OR.
The reporting person advised they were stopped at the traffic signal at East Bay Drive and Highway 101 when they were struck from behind. The suspect vehicle, a green older Dodge 1500 pickup with a green canopy with California plates accelerated trying to push the victim vehicle into the intersection.
None of the occupants were injured and the Dodge continued northbound on Highway 101 driving recklessly.
OSP was notified by the Coos Bay Police Department they were investigating the same Dodge pickup for striking several vehicles while traveling north on Highway 101 through Coos Bay.
OSP received a report the Dodge was observed at the trailhead to Siltcoos Lake, near the city of Florence, where the vehicle had intentionally struck several more vehicles.
One occupant from a struck vehicle was injured and required transport by West Lane Ambulance to Florence Hospital.
Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area and located Kevin Simpson, 47 of Eureka, CA. walking along Highway 101 near milepost 196. He was lodged in the Lane County Jail for failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.
The Dodge was located nearby. It had crashed through a gate leading to private property and became stuck in the sand. The Dodge was reported stolen out of Eureka, CA.
Oregon State Police is requesting information from witnesses to the reckless driving and crashes or victims of crashes to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-269-5000 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Douglas Laird.
Simpson stated that he believed he had struck 26 different vehicles.