Mistaken ID possible in deadly incident

Cody Boden



A witness told police a Clifton woman who was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street appeared briefly to recognize the driver of the vehicle that eventually struck her, according to an arrest affidavit.

Authorities now believe they were strangers to each other.

Mistaken identity

Amber Davidovich, 32, had stopped and spoken to a woman at 903 Main St. around 2:35 a.m. on Oct. 7. Davidovich reportedly asked the woman where she was.

“Witness reported observing a dark-colored truck eastbound on Main St. shortly after and heard the female yell, ‘Pablo!’ and run toward the vehicle,” an arrest affidavit reads. “She reported seeing brake lights on the truck and then the reverse lights. She said the truck backed up and she heard a male voice ask, ‘who are you?’ twice in a row.”

The truck sped away east on Main, the witness said.

Davidovich, a mother of two children, was found in the roadway of Ninth and Main streets and died two days later at St. Mary’s Hospital.

 

‘Not going back to jail’

Cody James Boden, 26, is being held on $50,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, a class 3 felony.

The Grand Junction Police Department’s break in the case came Oct. 16 when Boden’s girlfriend called police and said she was a passenger in Boden’s truck when he hit Davidovich. She said they had been drinking together at Sabrosa, 122 S. Fifth St., up to closing time, the affidavit said.

On Main Street, she reported they drove up on a woman who was standing in the roadway, “but to the right of their line of travel,” the affidavit said. “She stated the female was moving around with her arms in the air and had a purse in one hand. She said their truck hit the female with the right front side, causing her to roll off to the side.”

Boden sped away, she said.

“She said she yelled at him to stop and return to the scene but his response to her was that he was not going back to jail,” the affidavit said.

She acknowledged they had been drinking heavily and also used prescription drugs earlier in the evening. They returned to their residence at 842 Iowa Ave., Unit 1, in Palisade.

During an autopsy, the affidavit said a detective observed apparent red paint transfer on Davidovich’s jeans, which was later compared against Boden’s red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado.

 

Police listened in

The affidavit said Boden’s girlfriend agreed to make a phone call monitored by police. Detectives listened in as Boden allegedly admitted watching a woman approach his vehicle on Main Street.

“He stated he stopped to check on the female, backed his vehicle up, then not able to see the female anymore, he ‘took off,’ ” the affidavit said.

Boden, however, in a formal interview with detectives, said he’d hit a man but thought the victim was still standing, “so he drove off.”

“Upon further questioning, he then changed his story and sequence of events multiple times throughout the interview,” the affidavit said.

Detectives learned Boden allegedly threatened to kill himself, his girlfriend and a third person, “if (girlfriend) revealed what happened that night,” the affidavit said.


Already on probation

Boden was serving a four-year deferred judgment and 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to menacing in Arapahoe County related to a September 2009 incident in which Boden fired a handgun into the air during a confrontation. Prosecutors dismissed a host of charges in a plea agreement, including attempted murder.

Boden’s supervision was formally transferred from Arapahoe County to Mesa County in August.

Boden was a U.S. Army sniper whose return to Grand Junction following a knee injury in Iraq in November 2008 was chronicled in a story published by The Daily Sentinel. He’d enlisted in 2005, attaining the rank of sergeant. Boden earlier this month still listed the U.S. Army as his employer on Facebook.


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