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Arrests Made in Fatal Hit and Run

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Photos: Modesto Police Department

MODESTO – Authorities announced the arrest of two people Friday in connection to a fatal hit and run earlier in the week.

Paul Muratore and Lori Jardine were arrested on charges in connection to a fatal hit and run Tuesday night. Police credit a citizen who noticed the vehicle in the Enslen area and called authorities to report it. The vehicle was found parked in a nearby residence without a hood or bumper, and the windshield had been recently replaced.

Muratore, 67, was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, felon in possession of a firearm, drug charges, and a warrant. Jardine, 61, was charged with aiding and abetting following the commission of a felony.

Police are seeking the driver of a 2006-2010 silver Dodge Charger. Investigators say they believe the driver witnessed the crash and followed the pickup as it fled the scene.

The crash happened about 8:45pm Tuesday near the intersection of 8th and L Streets. Police said the involved Chevy S10 truck swerved around a vehicle that had yielded to the pedestrian crossing the intersection and struck him. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital but later died from his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Radeuchel via email at radeuchelr@modestopd.com ot Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Truck Rolls Off Highway 99 in Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a truck that rolled off of Highway 99 down an embankment Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 6:00pm police and fire emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Southbound Highway 99 near North 9th Street just south of the Carpenter Road overcrossing. Police and CHP Officers located a truck and trailer that had rolled off the highway. The truck came to stop behind a construction company building against an iron fence.

Police and fire responders worked to remove the driver who was said to be unresponsive. He was placed in an ambulance to be transported to a hospital. Rescuers were performing aid as they left.

The circumstances regarding the crash were under investigation Tuesday.

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Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – A pedestrian was pronounced deceased after being discovered on the side of a road, the victim of an apparent vehicle collision Thursday morning.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:00am near the intersection of West Main Street and South Morgan Road. Fire personnel were initially dispatched for a report of a person down on the side of the road suffering an unspecified medical emergency. Authorities were soon requested after it was determined the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. An air ambulance was initially requested but later canceled.

According to the California Highway Patrol, early indications suggest the crash was a hit and run. There was no description available of an involved vehicle. The pedestrian was only described as a woman.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Jackknifed Truck Congests Highway in Modesto

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MODESTO – A big rig the jackknifed and lost its cargo closed Highway 99 Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 1:50pm on Southbound Highway 99 at the Crows Landing Road exit. The crash caused the truck to lose its cargo, a load of glass, blocking all lanes of the highway.

It was unclear at time of publication if there were any injuries, but at least one ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and trucks are urged to not use the Seventh Street Bridge.

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