VERNALIS – Emergency crews responded to a crash that claimed the lives of two people on Highway 132 Monday afternoon.
The crash was dispatched to the California Highway Patrol shortly after 4:00pm near the intersection of Highway 132 at Kasson Road. Early reports indicate the crash involved two vehicles.
Arriving emergency crews found one vehicle off the road with two deceased adults and two children trapped in the back seat. A motorist in the second involved vehicle suffered significant injuries.
Three ambulances and two helicopters responded to the scene, along with firefighters from West Stanislaus and Tracy Fire Departments.
The involved vehicles were a Ford Econoline van which came to stop down an embankment on the north side of Highway 132. The other was a Honda Civic with major damage to the right side.
Highway 132 was impacted while emergency crews worked. The cause was under investigation.
Police Seek Witnesses, Video to Fatal Motorcycle Crash
MODESTO – Authorities are seeking any witnesses or surveillance video to a fatal motorcycle crash that happened over the weekend.
At about 12:15am Saturday, officers responded to the area of Edinburgh Drive and El Vecino Avenue for a report of a collision involving a motorcycle. Police arrived and found the rider, 37 year old Scott Hudson fatally injured from the collision.
Authorities believe Hudson was at a high rate of speed before he lost control of his motorcycle, striking a tree. An uninvolved vehicle also traveling on El Vecino Avenue was struck by motorcycle parts, none of those occupants were injured.
Investigators are looking to contact anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or who may have surveillance video in the area of the 800-1200 blocks of El Vecino Avenue. Witnesses can reach out to email@example.com.
Fatal Crash Reported on Highway
MODESTO – A traffic collision on Highway 99 claimed the life of one person Saturday afternoon.
The crash was reported at about 12:11pm on the Southbound side of the highway near the Beckwith Road offramp. Early reports indicate the vehicle was traveling north when it crashed into the median and overturned into the opposite lanes.
Emergency crews responded and located an occupant trapped in the vehicle. The motorist was pronounced deceased at the scene.
No further details were available at time of publication. The crash was under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
Fundraiser for Motorcyclist Killed in Crash
MODESTO – A fundraiser was established for a motorcyclist who was killed on October 31st.
A fundraiser for Gary Ortiz was created by his loved ones this week on GoFundme. Ortiz died after crashing into a cargo van that turned in front of him near South 9th Street and Lombardo Avenue Saturday evening.
”He was the light of our life, our biggest fan, and our best supporter,” his daughter wrote. “He loved his babies, his friends, his family and anything two wheels.”
One woman who identified herself as Irene witnessed the crash. She expressed how dangerously fast people travel on 9th Street. She said the van appeared to turn in front of Ortiz’s motorcycle at the last second.
Ortiz was rushed to a hospital via ambulance, but unfortunately lost his life due to his injuries. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the collision. The driver of the van remained at the scene during the investigation.
Anyone interested in donating to the fundraiser for the funeral can do so by CLICKING HERE.
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