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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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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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Police Close Roadway for Major Collision

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MODESTO – Police responded to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian Wednesday night that closed down a road for investigation.

The crash happened shortly before 10:00pm near the intersection of B and Beard Streets. Early reports indicate a vehicle collided with a wheelchair bound person.

Life saving measures were performed on the pedestrian but after several minutes they were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The involved vehicle appeared to be a dark Dodge pickup with visible front end damage.

Police closed down B Street between Beard and Seventh Streets. Traffic officers were called to investigate.

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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Modesto Police Investigate Motorcycle Crash

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MODESTO – Police investigated a motorcycle crash that shut down traffic on Sisk Road Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Sisk Road and Whitcomb Way at about 4:45pm for a report of a collision with an injured motorcyclist. Arriving officers found the rider down in the roadway.

Medical personnel began CPR on the motorcyclist who was then rushed to a hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the other involved vehicle, which appeared to be a Dodge Ram pickup truck, remained at the scene. The motorcycle appeared to be a Ducati. Both vehicles were white.

Traffic officers responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The condition of the rider was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

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

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