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Pedestrian Dies in Collision, Police Seek Hit and Run Driver

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MODESTO – Traffic investigators released a photo of a vehicle suspected as the responsible truck involved in a hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian Tuesday evening.

At about 8:45pm police responded to the area of 8th and L Streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Police and medical personnel arrived and found the victim on the ground. He was rushed to a hospital but later died.

The pedestrian was crossing the street from corner to corner in an unmarked crosswalk, according to Modesto Police Sergeant Lance Nicolai. Although there is no marked crosswalk painted on the ground, Sergeant Nicolai explained that vehicles are still legally obligated to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the road at such intersections.

As the victim crossed, a vehicle traveling west on the inside lane yielded to the pedestrian. A smaller sized dark colored pickup truck traveling behind that stopped vehicle in the same lane swerved around and drove back into the inside lane, striking the pedestrian.

The collision threw the pedestrian toward the curb on L Street. The pickup truck continued west on L before turning north on 7th and driving off.

Police are seeking a dark green Chevy S-10 or GMC Jimmy, between 1994 and 2004 models. Authorities say the back window is tinted black and it has a diamond plate style toolbox in the bed, and there should be significant front end damage.

Authorities are urging anyone who may have information regarding this collision to contact Investigator Radeuchel at (209) 572-9500, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Surveillance image of the truck suspected of striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene Tuesday night. Via Modesto Police.

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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Pedestrian Killed in Turlock Vehicle Collision

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Investigators use an imaging device to document Tuesday’s collision scene on Fulkerth Road in Turlock.

TURLOCK – A pedestrian was killed during a collision involving a motor vehicle Tuesday afternoon, closing down a busy roadway.

The collision happened at about 3:45pm on Fulkerth Road west of North Tully Road. Traffic was impacted while officers investigated the collision. Westbound Fulkerth Road between Tully Road and Countryside Drive.

On a social media post, the department asked motorists to avoid the area until further notice. Vehicles used a nearby shopping center to navigate around the scene. Eastbound traffic was not affected.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Turlock Police.

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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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