MODESTO – Several areas along Highway 99 covered in abandoned homeless encampments and overgrown brush were cleared Tuesday.
The efforts were focused on the areas between Carpenter Road and Tuolumne Boulevard.
The approval to begin the clean up process was given Tuesday and is expected to last throughout the week. Several camps and piles of litter could be found under overcrossings and on embankments.
Authorities said the cleanup was expected to last through Friday, and motorists should expect delays in the area while crews work.
Collision Involving Pedestrian Closes Carpenter Road
MODESTO – A collision involving pedestrian closed down Carpenter Road Friday night.
The crash happened shortly before 10:45pm just south of the intersection of Carpenter Road and Maze Boulevard.
Early reports indicated a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Carpenter Road. Authorities closed Carpenter between Maze Boulevard and California Avenue.
No official update on the condition of the pedestrian was available at time of publication. Medics performed CPR on the victim according to Highway Patrol logs. A yellow blanket and debris could be seen in the road in front of the nearby High School.
The scene was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for investigation.
Pedestrian Killed in Yosemite Boulevard Collision
MODESTO – Police responded to a collision that claimed the life of a pedestrian Thursday night.
The crash happened shortly after 8:00pm near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and Beard Avenue. Emergency crews arrived and found an adult male down in the road way after being struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Police closed off both directions of Yosemite Boulevard between Lincoln Avenue and Riverside Drive. Traffic investigators responded to the area to take measurements and document the scene. The driver of the involved Honda SUV remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities. Impaired driving did not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Sergeant Starr with the Modesto Police Department.
The sergeant explained that they believe the pedestrian was crossing the road, however the area has no designated crosswalk because of a continuous median.
Authorities strongly urge drivers and pedestrians to be mindful of each other on roadways. Being safe would help police reduce the amount of collisions like these, the sergeant said.
Police Investigate Collision Involving Pedestrian
MODESTO – Traffic officials with the Modesto Police Department investigated a collision involving a pedestrian Wednesday night.
The collision happened at about 8:00pm near the intersection of Carver Road and Standiford Avenue. The westbound lanes were closed down by police during the investigation.
Arriving officers located a pedestrian suffering from major injuries, who was then rushed to a hospital. The pedestrian was said to be an adult male.
Officials at the scene said a witness reported the involved vehicle had the green light at the time of the collision. It was unclear if the pedestrian was in the crosswalk or not. The driver of the silver Nissan sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Police said impaired driving did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Police noted a significant issue with collisions involving pedestrians. Officials urge the public to be mindful of pedestrian laws, especially in heavily traveled intersections.
“We have more of these than we should,” said Sergeant Patrick Kimes. “People need to use better judgment when crossing the roads.”
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