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2013 - A Look Back: Hudson men charged in separate deaths

Philip Wiese, Riley Hoover both charged in fatal car accidents

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: January 1, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- Two men, both with ties to Hudson, were charged in 2013 in vehicular deaths.

Philip Wiese, 47, of Regis Street, was indicted by a Summit County grand jury Dec. 3 on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony; vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor; driving while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor; vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor; and improper lane change and right of way while turning left, both minor misdemeanors.

Police allege Wiese struck Scott Graber, an 18-year-old Hudson motorcyclist. Mr. Graber, a 2013 Hudson High School graduate, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died Oct. 13.

According to police, Wiese was driving eastbound on state Route 303 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Oct. 12 when he attempted to make a left turn onto St. Regis Boulevard. Police say his 2004 Ford Expedition collided with a westbound motorcycle driven by Mr. Graber, of Ravenna Street. Mr. Graber, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the 1999 Suzuki motorcycle. Wiese "smelled of an alcoholic beverage and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests" and refused a blood alcohol content check, according to police. He was arrested on the scene. Wiese is out on a $50,000/10 percent bond and has been ordered by the court to wear an electronic monitoring device while he awaits a court date.

Riley Dean Hoover, a 19-year-old former Hudson man, will appear before California Superior Court Judge Kristen A. Lucena March 7 on charges stemming from a Sept. 22 accident where 21-year-old bicyclist Kristina Chesterman was struck and killed in California.

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Due to the amount of forensic evidence involved, Hoover's attorney, Clyde M. Blackmon, asked that the hearing be delayed from its Dec. 19 date.

Hoover was charged with felony DUI/alcohol gross bodily injury and causing a coma; felony driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent/causing injury; felony leaving the scene of an accident; felony sale and transportation of marijuana, and felony manufacture of a controlled substance other than PCP.

Hoover, a 2012 Hudson High School graduate, pleaded not guilty to all charges Oct. 23.

Police allege Hoover, of Chico, Calif., struck Ms. Chesterman Sept. 22 around 11 p.m., according to Chico Police Lt. George Laver. Ms. Chesterman died of her injuries two days later.

Police found parts of a vehicle near the impact scene which they later identified as belonging to Hoover's 2009 GMC Envoy, Laver said.

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Police also allege that Hoover could be part of an illegal marijuana growing operation, according to Laver.

Hoover remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.

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