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Fatal Hit and Run Investigated in Ceres

Carlos Rodriguez

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CERES – Authorities investigated a fatal hit and run collision involving a pedestrian Tuesday night.

Emergency responders were called to Mitchell Road just south of the Whitmore Avenue intersection at about 7:14pm initially for a report of a motorcyclist struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found that it was a pedestrian that had been hit.

The male victim was found unresponsive without a pulse. He was transported to a hospital where he died.

Officers at the scene said they believe the pedestrian was crossing Mitchell Road when he was struck, and were working to determine which direction they were walking.

Authorities said they were looking for a dark green or black Dodge Caravan type vehicle. The van was driven by a Hispanic man with short hair and a white shirt. The van was last seen eastbound on Whitmore Avenue from Mitchell Road and should have significant front damage and a broken windshield.

The Ceres Police Accident Investigation Team was called to the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who may have information is encouraged to call Ceres Police Dispatch at (209) 538-5712 or 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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Pedestrian Struck by Train in Manteca

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MANTECA – Authorities responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a train Thursday afternoon.

The train blocked off the Main Street and Yosemite Avenue crossings while authorities investigated.

The pedestrian was killed as a result of the collision. No information regarding the identity of the pedestrian was available at time of publication.

Business owners in the area indicated that there have been others previous in the same area. A memorial could be seen just south of Moffat Boulevard near the transit center, presumably for a previous victim.

Police and Sheriff Deputies remained at the scene to take measurements and investigate the crash.

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Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Collision

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MODESTO – Investigators with the Modesto Police Traffic Unit closed down Yosemite Boulevard Wednesday afternoon to investigate a fatal vehicle collision.

The crash happened at about 6:30am near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard at Ruffino Avenue. Early reports indicate a man in a mobility chair was crossing Yosemite in a crosswalk when he was struck by a westbound vehicle.

Police say the driver of the commercial pickup truck remained at the scene. The injuries initially appeared to be non-life threatening, however investigators were notified around 3:30pm that the patient had died.

Yosemite Boulevard was closed between North Santa Cruz and La Loma Avenue while officers examined the scene.

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Update: Photo of Fatal Hit and Run Vehicle Released

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Photo: Ceres Police Department

CERES – Police investigators released a photo of a van involved in a fatal hit and run on Mitchell Road Tuesday night.

Authorities say the victim, identified as 56 year old Isaac Ishak of Ceres, was crossing Mitchell Road when he was struck by a van traveling northbound. Ishak had just stepped into the turning lane when he was struck by the van. The vehicle was traveling at an unknown speed.

Police say the driver stopped and appeared to look at what he hit. He then fled in the van across the lanes of Mitchell Road, then east on Whitmore Avenue.

Authorities said Ishak was unresponsive and had no pulse when they arrived. He was rushed to a hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries.

Witnesses described the driver as a Hispanic man in his 30’s with short hair. He had a thin build with a white tank top on. The van was dark in color. Officials at the scene described it as black or dark green in color, possibly a Dodge Caravan. The vehicle had significant front end damage with a broken windshield, and was missing the passenger side rear view mirror.

Northbound Mitchell Road was closed from Roeding to Whitmore as traffic investigators took measurements and collected evidence at the scene. One lane of southbound Mitchell Road was closed as well.

Authorities published a photo via a press release of the van as it appeared to flee the scene toward Whitmore Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Freddie Ortiz at (209) 538-5678, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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