Fremont Man Arrested in Connection with Omaha Injury Hit-and-Run

Fremont Man Arrested in Connection with Omaha Injury Hit-and-Run
This screen grab from security camera footage shows the van in question just before the collision. Authorities recovered the van in Fremont on June 26th.

OMAHA — Authorities have arrested a Fremont man suspected of striking a pedestrian with his car in a June incident.

69-year-old Aldean Drieling of Fremont was arrested last Wednesday and will face charges of Failure to Stop and Render Aid. Drieling is believed to have been driving a van that hit a 29-year-old woman on June 25, critically injuring her. Witnesses told police that the van was being driven recklessly while traveling east on Maple Street near 90th street, when it made an abrupt lane change, drove over the curb and hit the woman. The vehicle sped off without stopping, though witnesses describe the collision as “apparent.”

The pedestrian, Sade Watkins, was taken to CHI Bergan hospital in Omaha and admitted to the ICU with severe injuries to her legs. Watkins’ injuries are not considered life threatening, and she was conscious and able to identify the van that hit her – her recovery is continuing.

Omaha Police Sgt. Jason Menning says the van was found in Fremont with the help of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department on June 26th, with the following investigation resulting in Aldean Drieling’s arrest. His next court appearance is set for August 6th.