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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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Fatal Crash Reported on Crows Landing Road

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CERES – Authorities investigated a fatal crash involving two vehicles Saturday night.

The crash was reported at about 8:30pm on Crows Landing Road near Monte Vista Avenue. Early reports indicated a white Range Rover and gray Honda Civic collided head on.

Both vehicles suffered major front end damage. The driver of the Honda was rushed to a hospital where he died despite life saving efforts. The driver of the Range Rover also suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital.

County road crews closed the area while officers investigated the crash. Authorities suspect alcohol to be a factor in the collision.

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Fatal Crash Reported on Highway Offramp

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LODI – A crash claimed the life of at least one person Wednesday afternoon according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was dispatched at about 2:21pm near northbound Highway 99 at the Cherokee Lane offramp. Early reports indicate a white SUV overturned and collided with a tree.

The offramp was expected to be closed while authorities investigated the crash. No further details were available Wednesday afternoon.

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Patterson Man Killed in Vehicle Collision

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PATTERSON – A man in his 70’s was struck and killed by a vehicle as he crossed a roadway Tuesday night.

The crash was reported at about 9:35pm near the intersection of Las Palmas and Weber Avenues. The pedestrian was struck by a westbound 90’s model pickup truck. The driver and passenger remained on scene and cooperated with authorities.

Medical personnel attempted life-saving measures, but unfortunately the man died of his injuries at the scene. Traffic investigators were called out to examine the scene.

Authorities at the scene indicated that the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk when he was struck, and it appeared he was headed to a nearby taco truck. The nearest crosswalks are at First Street and Hartley Street.

Officials said the man was a local resident. Las Palmas Avenue was closed for several hours while the Sheriff MAIT team investigated the crash. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

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