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Driver Suspected of Hit and Run in Ceres Arrested

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CERES – Authorities announced the arrest of a man in connection to a fatal hit and run involving a pedestrian from late September.

Ceres Police investigators were lead to a home on the 2400 block of Glendale Avenue in Modesto where they arrested 41 year old Roy Joseph Vasquez Jr. of Ceres.

Police identified Vasquez as the driver of a van that fled the area of Mitchell Road and Whitmore Avenue on September 29th after striking 56 year old Isaac Ishak. Ishak was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Vasquez was booked into the Public Safety Center on charges including hit and run resulting in major injury or death, forging/altering a vehicle registration, driving on a suspended license for DUI, and failing to have financial responsibility.

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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Crash Claims Two Lives in Modesto

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MODESTO – Briggsmore Avenue was closed for several hours while Modesto Police Officers investigated a crash that claimed two lives early Sunday morning.

The crash happened shortly after 1:00am on Briggsmore Avenue east of Oakdale Road. Early reports indicated a vehicle had overturned and landed upside down.

Arriving emergency personnel located the vehicle and two persons that had been ejected from the crash. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause and circumstances of the crash.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department.

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Bicyclist Killed, Police Investigate

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MODESTO – Police investigated a fatal collision involving a bicyclist Saturday night.

The crash happened shortly before 9:30pm near the intersection of Orangeburg and Lakewood Avenues. Early reports indicate a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle.

Arriving officers located the victim down in the roadway and began performing life-saving measures. Despite efforts, medical personnel pronounced the bicyclist deceased at the scene.

Early reports indicate the involved vehicle fled the collision scene. There was no confirmed description of that vehicle or driver at time of publication.

Police closed off Lakewood just north of Orangeburg in both directions while conducting an investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Fatal Collision Investigated

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MODESTO – Officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated a crash that claimed the life of one person Wednesday night.

The crash happened at about 7:40pm near the intersection of Paradise Road and Vernon Avenue. Arriving first responders located a dirt bike rider with major injuries. The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash. The dirt bike was described as a Honda 125.

During the investigation, CHP issued a “Be on the Lookout” for a dark unknown type passenger vehicle with substantial damage to the right side.

Paramedics with American Medical Response and firefighters with Burbank-Paradise Fire Protection District responded to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440.

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