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Collision Involving Ambulance Reported in Modesto

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – A collision involving an ambulance blocked a busy roadway near downtown Modesto Monday afternoon.

At about 5:15pm emergency crews responded to the area of Scenic Drive between High and Melrose Streets for a report of a vehicle collision involving an ambulance. Early reports indicate a patient was being transported at the time of the collision, however it is unclear if emergency equipment was activated.

A gold Nissan Maxima at the scene had major front end damage. Another white SUV parked on Melrose may have also been involved in the crash, but did not appear to have major damage.

Police closed down the roadway and diverted traffic away from the scene.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Fatal Crash Investigated in Modesto

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – A vehicle collision Thursday morning claimed the life of one person on Finch Road.

The crash happened shortly before 11:00am near the intersection of Business Park Drive and involved a white Jeep SUV and a white Chevrolet Malibu.

Firefighters with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection and AMR paramedics responded to the scene. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Nearby business owners noted that the stretch of road has seen its share of bad collisions in the past but has since improved. The area behind the business park is known for a gathering place for racers, one man said.

Finch Road was closed while authorities worked the crash scene. Officers with California Highway Patrol responded to investigate.

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Collision Involving Pedestrian Closes Carpenter Road

Carlos Rodriguez

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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.

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Pedestrian Killed in Yosemite Boulevard Collision

Carlos Rodriguez

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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.

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