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Man Arrested on DUI, Child Endangerment Charges After Fatal Hit and Run

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MODESTO – Authorities arrested a 34 year old man on several charges including DUI after a fatal hit and run crash Sunday night.

At about 11:00pm officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 16th and Burney Streets. Arriving officers found a man suffering from major injuries. Witnesses report the man was lighting fireworks in the roadway. Life saving efforts were performed, but the man died from his injuries at the scene.

Police say the involved driver called to report he believed he collided with a person while driving north on Burney Street. The driver said he was distracted by fireworks at the time.

Officers responded and met with the driver, and determined he was driving under the influence and may have been speeding at the time of the crash. Officials said he also had his 12 year old child in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

A witness who rushed to help the victim described the scene as chaotic and heartbreaking.

“I heard the sound of fireworks and silence, and right after that screaming,” the witness said. She rushed over to the victim and began performing CPR until first responders arrived.

After a sobriety test, 34 year old Jesus Lemus of Modesto was arrested and charged with DUI while causing great bodily injury, child abuse, gross vehicular manslaughter, and felony hit and run.

Authorities would like to remind motorists to designate a sober driver, slow down and avoid distractions.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Raduechel at raduechelr@modestopd.com 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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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash

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SALIDA – A motorcyclist was seriously injured Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The crash happened shortly after 10:00pm near the intersection of Kiernan Avenue and Sisk Road. Arriving emergency personnel found a motorcyclist down in the roadway. The rider was rushed to a hospital by ambulance in unknown condition.

Early reports indicated that a vehicle was seen fleeing the area north on Highway 99. A CHP officer located a Mitsubishi vehicle with major front end damage near Hammatt Avenue, but at time of publication it was unclear if there was any relation to the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the Modesto CHP office at (209) 545-7440 or Crime stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Truck Rolls Off Highway 99 in Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a truck that rolled off of Highway 99 down an embankment Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 6:00pm police and fire emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Southbound Highway 99 near North 9th Street just south of the Carpenter Road overcrossing. Police and CHP Officers located a truck and trailer that had rolled off the highway. The truck came to stop behind a construction company building against an iron fence.

Police and fire responders worked to remove the driver who was said to be unresponsive. He was placed in an ambulance to be transported to a hospital. Rescuers were performing aid as they left.

The circumstances regarding the crash were under investigation Tuesday.

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Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – A pedestrian was pronounced deceased after being discovered on the side of a road, the victim of an apparent vehicle collision Thursday morning.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:00am near the intersection of West Main Street and South Morgan Road. Fire personnel were initially dispatched for a report of a person down on the side of the road suffering an unspecified medical emergency. Authorities were soon requested after it was determined the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. An air ambulance was initially requested but later canceled.

According to the California Highway Patrol, early indications suggest the crash was a hit and run. There was no description available of an involved vehicle. The pedestrian was only described as a woman.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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