Former Stockton Vice Mayor Arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter, Driving Under the Influence

STOCKTON -- An 82-year-old man found in a Stockton roadway Wednesday night was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 8 p.m., Stockton police officers responded to the deadly collision near Country Club Boulevard and Fontana Avenue.

"I couldn’t sleep last night, seriously, I can hear him whispering in my ears and I can see his face," friend of the victim Naveed Malik said through tears.

The victim was later identified by friends as Muhammad Ashraf Butt, but many of his friends referred to him as "Grandpa."

Malik said he offered his friend a ride home Wednesday night, but Ashraf Butt politely declined. He heard a crash moments later.

"His walker was completely shattered and I knew at that time that something serious happened so I blocked the street," Malik said.

Malik says in his final moments, his friend prayed.

"May Allah bless his soul because all we know that he would have the highest rank in the heavens," he told FOX40.

The driver of the vehicle involved, 72-year-old Victor Mow, remained at the scene.

Mow was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

"They learned that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and his BAC level was a .10 percent, which is over the legal limit," Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said.

He was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Mow is the current commissioner for the Port of Stockton and is also a retired Board of San Joaquin County Supervisor where he served eight years and two years as a Chairman of the Board.

He is also a former member of Stockton City Council and former Vice Mayor.

Some witnesses told FOX40 off camera that they had seen Mow at a San Joaquin Partnership and Business Council holiday party. He seemed buzzed, they said, before heading to an open bar.

Both organizations declined to comment.

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