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Ceres Woman Faces Charges in Fatal Oakdale Crash

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OAKDALE – A Ceres woman is facing charges in a fatal crash that claimed the life of her passenger Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at about 5:18am on Highway 108 just east of Lancaster Road. Emergency crews responded and found four vehicles involved in the crash, and an unresponsive adult male down in the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet SUV identified as Erica Linja was traveling eastbound on Highway 108 when she attempted to pass a 2009 Freightliner. The SUV sideswiped a 2001 Honda sedan that was traveling westbound, causing Linja to lose control of her vehicle.

The Chevrolet entered the eastbound lane before swerving back into the westbound lane again directly into the path of an oncoming 2014 Ford utility truck. Both vehicles crashed, ejecting the front passenger who was not wearing a seat belt. The Chevrolet then entered the eastbound lane again where it was struck by the Freightliner.

Linja was transported by air ambulance to a hospital with major injuries. She faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, both felonies.

The driver of the Ford was also taken to a hospital, but suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the Freightliner and Honda were uninjured in the crash.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists that properly wearing a seatbelt can save lives during a traffic collision.

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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Pedestrian Killed in Turlock Vehicle Collision

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Investigators use an imaging device to document Tuesday’s collision scene on Fulkerth Road in Turlock.

TURLOCK – A pedestrian was killed during a collision involving a motor vehicle Tuesday afternoon, closing down a busy roadway.

The collision happened at about 3:45pm on Fulkerth Road west of North Tully Road. Traffic was impacted while officers investigated the collision. Westbound Fulkerth Road between Tully Road and Countryside Drive.

On a social media post, the department asked motorists to avoid the area until further notice. Vehicles used a nearby shopping center to navigate around the scene. Eastbound traffic was not affected.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Turlock Police.

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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash

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SALIDA – A motorcyclist was seriously injured Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The crash happened shortly after 10:00pm near the intersection of Kiernan Avenue and Sisk Road. Arriving emergency personnel found a motorcyclist down in the roadway. The rider was rushed to a hospital by ambulance in unknown condition.

Early reports indicated that a vehicle was seen fleeing the area north on Highway 99. A CHP officer located a Mitsubishi vehicle with major front end damage near Hammatt Avenue, but at time of publication it was unclear if there was any relation to the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the Modesto CHP office at (209) 545-7440 or Crime stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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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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