Drug charges filed in crash 
that killed woman

Cody Boden

Amber Davidovich Witnesses saw her lying on the ground hurt as vehicle was heading away

Prosecutors on Thursday filed drug-distribution charges against a man accused in a fatal hit-and-run accident in downtown Grand Junction last fall.

Cody James Boden, 26, is alleged to have distributed a controlled narcotic, hydromorphone, to three people on Oct. 6 or Oct. 7, hours before he allegedly ran over 32-year-old Amber Davidovich near the intersection of Ninth and Main streets. Three class-3 felonies alleging distribution of a controlled substance were filed on Thursday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said.

A search warrant affidavit filed Oct. 22 said Boden denied drinking at a downtown bar on the night of Oct. 6, but admitted he was addicted to opiates and regularly takes four prescribed narcotics. Authorities searched Boden’s Palisade apartment after a woman told investigators she and Boden had used prescribed drugs before the accident.

Boden, who is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $50,000 bond, had previously been charged with a lone count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a class 3 felony.

An arrest affidavit said Davidovich around 2:35 a.m. on 
Oct. 7 had stopped and briefly spoken to a woman at 903 Main St. Davidovich asked the woman where she was, the affidavit said.

A witness reported seeing a dark-colored truck eastbound on Main Street, shortly after hearing Davidovich yell “Pablo” and run toward the vehicle, the affidavit said. The same witness then saw a brake light on the truck, before the truck backed up in reverse.

The witness then heard a male voice asking ‘Who are you?’ twice.

The truck sped away and Davidovich was found in the street, critically injured. She died two days later at St. Mary’s Hospital.

During an interview, Boden said he thought he’d hit a man, but drove off because he thought the victim was “still standing,” the affidavit said. Boden was arrested Oct. 19.

Boden’s legal troubles go beyond Mesa County. Arapahoe County authorities are seeking to revoke probation relating to a September 2009 incident when Boden was arrested for firing a handgun during a confrontation.

He pleaded guilty to menacing in exchange for dismissal of a host of other charges, including attempted murder.


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