Dead man in snowberm was possibly hit by vehicle |

Dead man in snowberm was possibly hit by vehicle

Christina Proctor

Authorities believe the man found dead in the snow after bailing out of jail was possibly run over by a vehicle.

Investigators said there was evidence of trauma to Timothy Moore’s upper torso, but no signs of an altercation or foul play.

“It appears to be a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Martin Hewlett. “And it looks like Moore was laying on the ground when he was hit. With as much snow as we got that night we’re not sure if the driver even realized he’d hit someone.”

Moore, 36, of Sacramento, was arrested for driving under the influence by California Highway Patrol around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Moore was stopped on U.S. Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort.

Two breath samples taken about an hour later at the El Dorado County Jail showed Moore’s blood alcohol level at 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit under California law, police said.

Moore posted bail around 1 a.m. Sunday. Jail personnel told investigators that Moore didn’t exhibit any symptoms of intoxication when he was released.

A county snowplow driver found Moore in the parking lot almost 11 hours later. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It was probably an accident,” Hewlett said, adding that the exact cause of Moore’s death is still unknown.

Toxicology reports, which would show anything in Moore’s bloodstream, will not be available for up to 12 weeks.

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