NEWPORT - Scott Van Hiatt, the Neskowin man arrested yesterday and charged with criminal negligent homicide in a fatal pedestrian-auto crash, has been released from the Lincoln County Jail following his arraignment at Lincoln County Court.
Hiatt told Judge Sheryl Bachart that he is on hospice care and requested that he be released from jail. During the arraignment, Hiatt appeared on camera from the county jail wearing medical nose gear attached to a portable oxygen machine.
District Attorney Rob Bovett had argued against the release.
“I put on the record that Mr. Hiatt has prior convictions for perjury and giving false information and I asked the court to give us time to research his claim that he is in hospice care,” said Bovett. “I wanted to find out what’s true and what isn’t and what Mr. Hiatt’s medical condition is.”
Under the terms of the conditional release, Hiatt was to surrender his driver’s license and promise not to operate a motor vehicle. He was released from the jail this afternoon.
Bovett said the prosecution of the case would move forward. Hiatt’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 22 at 9:30 a.m. The judge appointed Richard Scholl as Hiatt’s defense attorney.
Hiatt was charged in the death of Richard Swanson, 42, who had been on a walk from Seattle to Brazil to attend the World Soccer Games on May 10 when police say he was struck by Hiatt's pickup truck and later died. The crash happened along Highway 101 in Cutler City.