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Pedestrian killed on Arnold Drive

Posted By Sun News On May 25, 2012 @ 10:45 am In News | Comments Disabled

A Napa man driving northbound on Arnold Drive near Grove drifted into the bike lane Thursday afternoon, striking and killing a Sonoma pedestrian.

Pedro Velez Hernandez, 32, was hit from behind by a 2004 Toyota Prius driven by Thornton Bunch Jr., 74, according to the CHP.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. as Bunch’s car drifted out of its lane and onto the shoulder. It hit Hernandez and plowed through a fence before coming to a stop in a residential back yard.

Bunch was uninjured. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

There was no immediate explanation for the car to travel into the bike lane, according to the CHP.

Bunch was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was not arrested, but is subject to charges depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

The emergency response closed Arnold Drive between Grove and Center streets for several hours.

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