Man arrested for K-Beach hit and run

Further investigation into the Tuesday hit-and-run accident on Kalifornsky Beach Road has led to the arrest of John Lee Smith, 56, of Nikiski.

 

Alaska States Troopers named Smith as the driver and sole occupant of the Toyota SUV that struck 7-year-old Talia Tepp and then fled the scene.


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At 10:35 a.m., troopers, with the assistance of the United States Marshal Service, arrested Smith on an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violations on the original charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Smith additionally has been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident and third-degree assault.

He remains at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he is being held without bail pending arraignment

The hit-and-run accident occurred Tuesday at 6:25 p.m. Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded and found an injured girl. Tepp was receiving treatment from a passing motorist at the time.

Tepp was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to recover.

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