Anonymous tip leads to arrest made in Corvallis hit and run case

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Sam Misa, City Editor

Corvallis detectives identified and arrested a suspect this morning allegedly responsible for a vehicle in a hit and run case which occurred in late September, after receiving an anonymous tip.

The hit and run case involved 21-year-old pedestrian Aliyah Lopez who was struck by what is believed to have been a beige or champagne colored full-size sport utility vehicle according to the Corvallis Police Department. The incident occurred at the intersection of NW 26th St. and NW Harrison Blvd.

The tip came in Thursday, and the Corvallis detectives subsequently located the vehicle, obtained a warrant to search  and seize the vehicle, as well as analyze the vehicle to find evidence connecting it to the crash.

Kenneth Kreitz, 47-year-old Florence resident, has been booked for the following charges for the hit and run following their arrest:

  • Reckless Driving (ORS 811.140)
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (ORS 811.705) 
  • Assault in the Third Degree (ORS 163.165)
  • Reckless Endangering Another Person (ORS 163.195)
  • Tampering With Physical Evidence (ORS 166.270)

Aliyah Lopez, despite suffering extensive injuries according to CPD, is in fair condition following being hospitalized at Corvallis Good Samaritan Regional Medical facility.