A driver who left the scene of a two-vehicle accident Thursday, June 3 in Park Rapids claimed she did not realize she made contact with the other vehicle.
According to a Park Rapids Police Department incident report, Jason Koskela, 48, of Park Rapids phoned police at 1:08 p.m. saying that his father was involved in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of State Hwy. 34 and U.S. Hwy. 71.
A responding police officer learned that a 2015 Ford F-150 driven by Elmer Koskela, 75, of Park Rapids, was in the westbound left turn lane on Hwy. 34, waiting to turn south onto Hwy. 71, when it was sideswiped by a minivan with a female driver that did not stop but continued westbound on Hwy. 34.
An unnamed passerby reported a license plate that was traced to a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country registered to Katherine Smith, 43, of Sebeka. Hubbard County dispatch requested aid from Sebeka Police in locating the vehicle.
According to the police report, Sebeka Police Chief Tighe Lane found Smith and her vehicle at her home in Sebeka. Smith told Lane that she knew she came close to hitting a vehicle but did not think she had hit it.
Photos taken of both vehicles verified that Smith’s license plate matched the description of the vehicle and showed minor damage to both vehicles.
Insurance information was exchanged, and a state accident report was completed, stating that there was minor damage to both vehicles. The state report also lists as a contributing factor that Smith failed to keep in the proper lane.
No alcohol or drug involvement in the accident is suspected. No airbags were deployed in the accident, and both drivers were wearing seat belts. No injuries were reported.