Two Sonora-area homeless people were killed in the past month after vehicle collisions in the area of Stockton Road and Highway 108 in Sonora, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
A woman killed on Friday, Feb. 15, after she walked into oncoming traffic on Highway 108 was identified as Tessie Nicole Odom, 36, by California Highway Patrol - Sonora area Public Information Office Faustino Pulido.
Larry Hunter, who was hit by a vehicle on Stockton Road on Saturday, Jan. 26, while he attempted to cross the road on his bicycle, died on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. from head trauma, said Police Dispatcher and Records Specialist Krishna Livingston.
Livingston said the information was provided to the Sonora Police Department by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.
The cause of the collision was not finalized, she added, but charges against the driver would likely not be sought.
Hunter was transferred to Doctor’s Medical Center in Modesto after he was hit by a 2017 Nissan Titan traveling westbound from Sonora at 5:50 p.m. near a homeless encampment on Mill Villa Court.
Hunter was in serious condition when he arrived at the hospital, a spokesperson for Doctor’s Medical Center said.
Pulido said Odom was known to frequent the homeless camps in the area around Highway 108 and Stockton Road and was contacted for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct citation about a mile from the accident in November 2018.
It is unknown pending an autopsy report if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Odom was on the south shoulder of Highway 108, east of Stockton Road, at 6:30 p.m. when she ran into the eastbound lane.
The woman was hit by a Sonora man, who was driving a 2016 Chrysler about 50 mph at the time of the accident. The woman became airborne and was then hit by a 2018 Ford, driven at approximately 50 miles per hour by a Chinese Camp man.
The accident remains under investigation.