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Pedestrian Dies in Collision, Police Seek Hit and Run Driver

Carlos Rodriguez

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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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Child Airlifted From Ceres Car Crash

Carlos Rodriguez

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CERES – A child was airlifted by helicopter to a regional hospital after a car crash Friday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 5:00pm near the intersection of Whitmore Avenue and Moffett Road. Police responded and found the crash in the intersection. The child patient was in one of the involved vehicles.

The child was transported by ambulance to the Ceres High School football stadium. A PHI Air Medical helicopter responded to the football field to fly the child to a hospital. Police said the decision was made as a precaution because of the child’s age, but noted the injuries did not appear serious.

Police also said another crash had occurred at the same intersection earlier in the afternoon.

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Fiery Vehicle Crash Reported Near Ceres

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CERES – A vehicle collision that resulted in a fire shut down Crows Landing Road and claimed the life of a motorist Friday night.

The crash happened near the intersection of Crows Landing and Barnhart Roads at about 7:30pm. Early reports indicate three vehicles were involved, a pickup truck, a Lexus sedan and an SUV.

The hay bales and an involved vehicle caught fire as a result of the collision. Crows Landing Road was completely closed down between Keyes and Taylor Roads.

An air ambulance was called to the scene to fly one motorist to a hospital. A second air ambulance was dispatched but was later canceled.

A resident who lived nearby and saw the fire ran over with a fire extinguisher to try to help before emergency crews arrived.

The crash was under investigation by California Highway Patrol Officers.

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Pedestrian Killed in Collision Near Lathrop

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities with the California Highway Patrol investigated a crash that claimed the life of a man Friday night.

The collision happened at about 9:43pm on eastbound Interstate 120 about a quarter mile east of Interstate 5. The California Highway Patrol reports a man ran across the lanes of traffic toward the median and was struck by a vehicle.

The pedestrian landed in the slow lane of traffic and died from his injuries.

No further details were available Friday night.

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