Oakdale

Modestan standing on Highway 120 near Oakdale struck and killed by car

A Modesto man was killed early Saturday when he was struck by a car while standing on Highway 120 northwest of Oakdale, the California Highway Patrol reported.

He was identified Monday by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Benjamin Wilson, 29.

About 1:10 a.m., CHP dispatch got a call of an SUV being a traffic hazard along 120 east of Pioneer Avenue, in an unincorporated part of Stanislaus County. Officers arrived to find a 2018 Ford EcoSport occupied by two people, who said the vehicle ran out of gas.

Officers saw vehicle debris in the roadway that appeared to have been the result of a collision. West of the Ford, and lying just north of the road, they found Wilson’s body. He was determined to have been a passenger in the Ford, the CHP reported. 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 standing in the road.

The CHP news release on the fatality leaves questions, including whether the two people in the EcoSport knew Wilson had been struck, how close to the EcoSport he was when struck, where Aiad was when he called to report the collision and, if he knew he hit someone, why he left the scene but does not appear to face hit-and-run charges.

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