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Fundraiser for Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

Carlos Rodriguez

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Gary Ortiz - Ortiz Family/GoFundMe

MODESTO – A fundraiser was established for a motorcyclist who was killed on October 31st.

A fundraiser for Gary Ortiz was created by his loved ones this week on GoFundme. Ortiz died after crashing into a cargo van that turned in front of him near South 9th Street and Lombardo Avenue Saturday evening.

”He was the light of our life, our biggest fan, and our best supporter,” his daughter wrote. “He loved his babies, his friends, his family and anything two wheels.”

One woman who identified herself as Irene witnessed the crash. She expressed how dangerously fast people travel on 9th Street. She said the van appeared to turn in front of Ortiz’s motorcycle at the last second.

Ortiz was rushed to a hospital via ambulance, but unfortunately lost his life due to his injuries. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the collision. The driver of the van remained at the scene during the investigation.

Anyone interested in donating to the fundraiser for the funeral can do so by CLICKING HERE.

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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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.

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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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