Picture clearing in man’s death | TheUnion.com

Picture clearing in man’s death

Detectives investigating the alleged hit-and-run death of a 21-year-old man have pieced together a partial timeline of the first few hours of Oct. 9, when Peter Owen Vodonick was struck by a motorist east of Nevada City.

The California Highway Patrol has received more than a dozen leads after making a plea to anyone who saw a vehicle exiting Highway 20, or in Nevada City, after 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

On Oct. 8, Vodonick met a few friends at the Crazy Horse Saloon to celebrate his 21st birthday, family members said.

Thursday, highway patrol Officer George Kirbyson said investigators have found out that some time prior to 1:30 a.m., Vodonick was put into a cab, heading for his home on Willow Valley Road, about five miles east of Nevada City. It is not clear where, when or why he got out of the cab, Kirbyson said. Vodonick’s sister Jessamyn Vodonick said it is possible that her brother might have been seen at the 5 Mile House, off Highway 20.

Through telephone records, the highway patrol found that Peter Vodonick placed a cellular phone call at 2:14 a.m. Kirbyson did not say whom he called.

One witness told police that at about 2:30 a.m. that morning, she had to swerve around Vodonick as he was sitting in the middle of the westbound lane of Highway 20, east of Nevada City, Highway Patrol Officer Greg Thys said.

At about 2:20 a.m., east of Cielo Road, Vodonick was walking east, along the westbound shoulder of the highway, according to the highway patrol. It is believed he might have been in the center of the westbound lane when he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop. Kirbyson said it is assumed that he was under the influence of alcohol as he was walking home.

The highway patrol is still asking that anyone who may have seen a vehicle exiting Highway 20 or in Nevada City after 2:20 a.m. report the vehicle at 273-4415. The agency is also looking for anyone who might have seen Vodonick around this time.

Vodonick’s family has planned a memorial service for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Donations to the family can be sent to P.O Box 763, Nevada City 95959.

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