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Fundraiser for Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

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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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Police Seek Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run of Pedestrian

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STOCKTON – Officers are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle suspected of leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of a pedestrian Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 6:00pm near the 400 block of South San Joaquin Street. Police responded and found a 40 year old man who was injured. He was rushed to a hospital by ambulance where he died from his injuries.

Investigators responded to the scene. About two blocks of South San Joaquin Street were taped off while investigators examined the area.

Monday afternoon police released a surveillance image of a vehicle suspected of hitting the pedestrian. Authorities described the vehicle as a late 90’s Toyota mini-van, light blue or gray in color.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

Surveillance image released by Stockton Police

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Child Airlifted by Helicopter Following Vehicle Collision

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MODESTO – A child was flown by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution following a three car collision Sunday night.

At 9:42pm emergency crews responded to the intersection of College and Orangeburg Avenues for the report of a three vehicle collision. One of the involved vehicles was a Stanislaus County Sheriff patrol car, the others were a white four door sedan and a dark Ford SUV.

The white sedan had damage on the passenger side of the vehicle and came to rest on the lawn of a church at the intersection. The patrol car had significant damage to both the front and back of the vehicle and was near the intersection curb. The Ford SUV was facing east on Orangeburg Avenue and had front end damage also.

The deputy appeared to have a head injury. He was seen holding a towel to his head. The sedan had a child in the vehicle and reportedly also had a head injury.

An air ambulance was called to transport the child as a precaution to a pediatric hospital. PHI Med 4-1 responded and landed in a field at Roosevelt School to fly the child.

According to Lieutenant Chris Adams with the Modesto Police Department, everyone involved suffered moderate injuries.

The circumstances regarding the collision were not available Sunday night.

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Semi Crash Closes Interstate Five

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WEST STANISLAUS COUNTY – A collision involving at least one semi truck closed lanes of Interstate Five Thursday evening.

California Highway Patrol Officers responded to the crash at about 7:15pm on Northbound I-5 near the Stuhr Road exit. Early reports indicate a semi and an Amazon truck collided, resulting in a fire.

An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene for a report of a burn victim.

A hard traffic closure was anticipated Thursday evening.

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