Suspect in Fatal 2006 Hit-and-Run Spree Competent Enough to Stand Trial for Murder

Omeed Aziz Popal, 35, is accused of using his SUV to kill a man in Fremont and injure 18 others in San Francisco.

A Fremont man previously deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial for allegedly using his car to kill a man and injure 18 other people in 2006 is now capable of moving forward with court proceedings, according to media reports.

Doctors recently found 35-year-old Omeed Aziz Popal sane enough to stand trial for a charge of murder in connection to the fatal hit-and-run spree, according to the Fremont Argus

Popal is accused of running over and killing Jay Wilson, 54, with his Honda Pilot SUV while Wilson walked on Fremont Boulevard near Decoto Road.

Shortly after killing Wilson, Popal is believed to have driven to San Francisco and striking 18 pedestrians with his vehicle.

According to the Argus, Popal initially faced three dozen felonies in San Francisco but the case was settled in 2008 after a judge found him to be insane. Popal was sent to Napa State Hospital but in 2010, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office received an indictment to charge Popal with murder.

However, Popal was again found mentally incompetent and has been receiving treatment up until earlier this week when doctors announce that he can now stand trial, the Argus reports.

According to online court records, Popal is scheduled to appear in court at 9:05 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

Read the full Argus report here.

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