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Turlock Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Case

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TURLOCK – Police announced the arrest of a 22 year old man they said was involved in a hit and run collision that claimed the life of a bicyclist Monday morning.

The crash happened on the 400 block of Lander Avenue shortly after 12:30am. Police received several calls regarding a bicyclist that was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Police and medical personnel tried to save the bicyclist’s life, but he later died at a local hospital. He was identified as 50 year old Juan Moralez of Turlock.

Witnesses followed the vehicle, a 2009 GMC pickup, and tried to get the driver to stop. The driver continued to flee until crashing on Crows Landing Road. The pickup overturned into a field across from a convenience store, damaging a utility pole. The driver fled on foot and was not immediately apprehended.

The investigation led detectives to 22 year old Francisco Javier Castellon-Gonzalez of Modesto. He was determined to be the driver involved in the crash after being contacted by police. Castellon-Gonzalez agreed to be interviewed by investigators to provide a statement, and was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of hit and run causing injury and vehicular manslaughter.

Authorities credit coordinated efforts between Turlock Police Detectives, members of the Special Investigations Unit and the Major Accident Investigation Team. The investigation laster over eighteen hours, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Richard Fortado at (209) 664-7399 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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Police Seek Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run of Pedestrian

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STOCKTON – Officers are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle suspected of leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of a pedestrian Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 6:00pm near the 400 block of South San Joaquin Street. Police responded and found a 40 year old man who was injured. He was rushed to a hospital by ambulance where he died from his injuries.

Investigators responded to the scene. About two blocks of South San Joaquin Street were taped off while investigators examined the area.

Monday afternoon police released a surveillance image of a vehicle suspected of hitting the pedestrian. Authorities described the vehicle as a late 90’s Toyota mini-van, light blue or gray in color.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

Surveillance image released by Stockton Police

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Child Airlifted by Helicopter Following Vehicle Collision

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MODESTO – A child was flown by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution following a three car collision Sunday night.

At 9:42pm emergency crews responded to the intersection of College and Orangeburg Avenues for the report of a three vehicle collision. One of the involved vehicles was a Stanislaus County Sheriff patrol car, the others were a white four door sedan and a dark Ford SUV.

The white sedan had damage on the passenger side of the vehicle and came to rest on the lawn of a church at the intersection. The patrol car had significant damage to both the front and back of the vehicle and was near the intersection curb. The Ford SUV was facing east on Orangeburg Avenue and had front end damage also.

The deputy appeared to have a head injury. He was seen holding a towel to his head. The sedan had a child in the vehicle and reportedly also had a head injury.

An air ambulance was called to transport the child as a precaution to a pediatric hospital. PHI Med 4-1 responded and landed in a field at Roosevelt School to fly the child.

According to Lieutenant Chris Adams with the Modesto Police Department, everyone involved suffered moderate injuries.

The circumstances regarding the collision were not available Sunday night.

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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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