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Empty beer can found in deadly hit & run car

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RANCHO PENASQUITOS (CBS 8) - We're learning new details about last week's deadly hit and run crash in Rancho Penasquitos.

Robert Holman, 34, was killed while walking along Highway 56 near Black Mountain Road, and a 23-year-old woman who lives nearby has been linked to the fatal crash.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed by CHP investigating officer Brad Clinkscales, an empty pint can of Tilt malt liquor was found inside 23-year-old Nicoll Koval's Nissan Sentra hours after she had been involved in a fatal hit and run collision on westbound Highway 56 just east of the Black Mountain Road exit in Rancho Penasquitos. Holman was instantly killed upon impact.

During an interview with Clinkscales 12 hours after the Oct. 20 incident, the Cal State San Marcos nursing student told him the Mira Mesa man was walking either close or within the slow lane during rainy weather.

Clinkscales wrote, "Koval did not stop at the scene to assist the victim" and "did not use the cell phone" to "call 911."

In his narrative, the officer also says "Koval walked back to the Black Mountain Road overcrossing" where "she observed police vehicles at the scene" and that she "did not remain on the overcrossing" and "walked back to her residence", which is a half-mile away.

According to the summary, "Koval used her computer to access the CHP traffic incident website" and still "did not make any attempt to report her involvement" to police. Clinkscales concludes "She has committed a violation of Vehicle Code Section 20001, a felony".

Albert Holman's former boss Troy Wilhite says his friend and Nicoll Koval formally met at the Irish Pub in Carmel Mountain, where Holman was celebrating his birthday with friends hours before the collision.

He says witnesses say Koval left sometime around 11 p.m., and Albert stayed until closing time, picked up some fast food at a Carl's Jr. restaurant and drove home.

"In transit, (Holman) ran over something on the freeway that damaged two tires, forcing him to the side of the road. It almost probably makes it even tougher for (Koval) to deal with because now she has a face to put with the accident," Wilhite said.

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