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Driver who hit pedestrian never slowed or stopped to help, warrant states

The driver of a vehicle that critically injured the adult son of the Davis County sheriff's chief deputy never slowed down or stopped to help, according to three newly unsealed search warrant affidavits.
The driver of a vehicle that critically injured the adult son of the Davis County sheriff's chief deputy never slowed down or stopped to help, according to three newly unsealed search warrant affidavits.
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OGDEN — The driver of a vehicle that critically injured the adult son of the Davis County sheriff's chief deputy never slowed down or stopped to help, according to three newly unsealed search warrant affidavits.

Samuel Enrique Hernandez, 23, of Ogden, was charged March 21 in 2nd District Court with failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious injury, a third-degree felony.

On March 4, just after midnight, Preston Fielding, 27, had just left a Maverik convenience store, 2810 Washington Blvd., and was crossing the street at the intersection of Washington and Kershaw Street when another vehicle pulled out of the Maverik parking lot.

"The passenger vehicle exited at a high rate of speed, accelerating rapidly, and making a left turn onto Washington Boulevard," according to the affidavits unsealed Tuesday.

Fielding, the son of Davis County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Fielding, was hit.

"The driver of the passenger vehicle never made any attempt to stop or render aid to the pedestrian before leaving him unconscious in the roadway," the warrants state.

An Ogden police officer who happened to be stopped at a red light nearby witnessed the crash.

According to charging documents, Fielding suffered a "significant" brain injury and remained unconscious for at least 10 days.

Four days after the incident, an employee from Techna Glass called police to report a suspicious circumstance when a man brought a car into the shop to have a heavily damaged windshield replaced, the warrant states.

"There was significant damage consistent with a pedestrian being struck. I looked at the vehicle and could see hair on the hood and in the windshield area. There was a spilled drink down the side of the vehicle and marks on the hood and down the side that were consistent with a pedestrian being struck," the investigating officer wrote in his warrant.

The owner of the vehicle, which had a California license plate, told police he was not driving the car that day. Investigators eventually found Hernandez, who was driving that night with his father in the passenger seat, according to the charges.

The explanation Hernandez was initially giving as to why the windshield was damaged wasn't adding up, according to investigators. That's when Hernandez offered to come to the police station to talk to detectives personally.

"He stated that he wanted to tell me what he told me over the phone was a lie about how his vehicle was damaged, but that he has had too many people tell him not to talk," according to the warrant.

As of Tuesday, Fielding's condition was "steadily improving," according to the sheriff's office.

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