Charge: Pot-smoking hit-and-run driver kills man after 'intense' feeling of fear
SALEM, Ore. - A Salem man has been arrested on charges of murder, hit-and-run and DUI in connection with a bizarre incident that left a 45-year-old construction worker dead Friday.
The Statesman Journal reports 22-year-old Dillon Van Diviner told police he hit Bradley Goad in Silverton because he feared the man posed a danger to others.
According to a probable cause statement filed in Marion County, Van Diviner did not give any reason for this fear, other than an "intense overwhelming feeling."
The statement says Van Diviner was parked alongside a road, smoking marijuana, when he saw Goad carrying a gas can and walking toward a vehicle. Van Diviner told police he began driving toward Goad, sped up and struck him.
Authorities say Goad died at the scene.
Van Diviner was arrested after fleeing. He is being held without bail.