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Motorcyclist Thrown Off Bridge in Highway Crash

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SALIDA – A crash involving a motorcycle ejected the rider, throwing him over the bridge at the county line on Highway 99 Monday night.

At about 9:44pm emergency crews were dispatched to the bridge over the Stanislaus River on southbound Highway 99. California Highway Patrol Officers, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from several agencies responded to the scene.

According to a motorist who witnessed the crash, she and her husband were traveling south when they saw the rider approaching their pickup at high speeds.

“He had to be doing about 120,” she said. “He must have realized he was going to hit us and just laid his bike down. He saved us.”

The motorcyclist was ejected and thrown over the west side of the bridge. The two occupants of the pickup pulled over just north of the Hammett Avenue exit and called 911.

Fearing the motorcyclist may have landed in the river, resources were starting to begin a search. The Modesto Police Department responded with a drone and after about 15 minutes of searching, the rider was located on the north bank of the river.

Medical personnel rushed to the rider’s location and began performing CPR. Despite life saving efforts, the rider later died from his injuries.

Two lanes of Highway 99 were closed while officers investigated the collision, backing traffic up into Ripon.

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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Fatal Crash Reported West of Modesto

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – At least one person lost their life in a vehicle collision on Highway 132 Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters and officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area of Highway 132 and Gates Road at about 6:11pm. A big rig and a Honda Civic were both involved in the collision and came to rest on the northeast corner of the intersection.

One person was trapped in one of the vehicles and had to be removed by rescue personnel. At about 6:45pm the coroner was requested to the scene.

The truck was hauling soda. Eastbound lanes were unaffected by traffic, one westbound lane appeared closed for emergency equipment. Gates Road was closed while the collision was under investigation.

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Pedestrian Suffers Major Injuries in Collision

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MODESTO – A pedestrian was rushed to a hospital with major injuries Tuesday evening after a vehicle collision.

The crash happened at about 5:51pm near the intersection of Paradise Road and Harris Avenue. Emergency crews arrived and found the pedestrian down in the roadway. They were rushed to a hospital with major injuries and in unknown condition.

Police and CHP officers closed the road to investigate the collision. Early indications suggest the involved driver remained at the scene.

No further details were available at time of publication.

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North Modesto Fatal Crash Investigated

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MODESTO – Officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash Tuesday morning that claimed the life of one motorist.

The crash happened near the intersection of Patterson Road and Skittone Road at about 9:43am. According to Officer Thomas Olsen with the California Highway Patrol, a Honda sedan traveling westbound on Patterson Road was stopped at the intersection to make a turn onto Skittone Road. A white Ford SUV approaching the Honda also westbound was unable to stop. The driver attempted to swerve, rolling the vehicle into the oncoming lane. A Chevrolet SUV traveling eastbound struck the Ford as it rolled.

The driver of the Ford died of her injuries at the scene. She was identified only as a woman in her 60’s or possibly older.

The driver of the Honda appeared uninjured. The driver of the Chevrolet SUV and her three children were taken by ambulance to hospitals. Two children were taken to Doctors Medical Center, the third to Memorial.

Officer Olsen explained that had the children not been properly restrained, the crash would have had a much worse outcome.

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