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Odd CHP case: Driver kills pedestrian, leaves. Another driver is arrested. Learn why

Stockton resident Bradley Hiler faces charges of driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was arrested at the scene of a crash in which a passenger in Hiler’s disabled SUV got out and was standing in the roadway of Highway 120 when he was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
Stockton resident Bradley Hiler faces charges of driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was arrested at the scene of a crash in which a passenger in Hiler’s disabled SUV got out and was standing in the roadway of Highway 120 when he was struck and killed by a passing motorist.

After a crash early Saturday killed a Modesto man who was standing on Highway 120 near a disabled vehicle, a Stockton man has been arrested, the CHP reported. But he’s not the driver of the car that struck 29-year-old Benjamin Wilson and then left the scene.

Bradley Michael Hiler, 31, determined to be the driver of the disabled vehicle, was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen said.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of an SUV partially blocking a lane of 120 east of Pioneer Avenue in an unincorporated part of Stanislaus County northwest of Oakdale. While en route, they were updated that there may have been a collision at that scene.

Upon arriving, the officers found Hiler and another person in the disabled vehicle, a Ford EcoSport, and saw vehicle debris in the roadway. West of the Ford, the officers found Wilson’s body lying just north of the road. He was determined to have been a passenger in the Ford. Paramedics were called to the scene, where Wilson was pronounced dead.

While officers were investigating, dispatch got a call from Emad Samihakim Aiad of Ripon, reporting he had struck a pedestrian. Officers determined Aiad was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra west on Highway 120 at 55 to 65 mph when he struck Wilson, who was in the roadway.

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased in California in 2016, according to an Office of Traffic Safety report.

Aiad does not face charges of hit-and-run, Olsen said, because he did initially stop at the scene. However, “an altercation occurred and he left for safety reasons,” Olsen said. “He believed that was his best option, and he did then call 911.”

Hiler and his other passenger were not injured. Nor was Aiad. Hiler did not show up in the Stanislaus County Jail booking log Tuesday morning.

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