CERES – Police investigators released a photo of a van involved in a fatal hit and run on Mitchell Road Tuesday night.
Authorities say the victim, identified as 56 year old Isaac Ishak of Ceres, was crossing Mitchell Road when he was struck by a van traveling northbound. Ishak had just stepped into the turning lane when he was struck by the van. The vehicle was traveling at an unknown speed.
Police say the driver stopped and appeared to look at what he hit. He then fled in the van across the lanes of Mitchell Road, then east on Whitmore Avenue.
Authorities said Ishak was unresponsive and had no pulse when they arrived. He was rushed to a hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries.
Witnesses described the driver as a Hispanic man in his 30’s with short hair. He had a thin build with a white tank top on. The van was dark in color. Officials at the scene described it as black or dark green in color, possibly a Dodge Caravan. The vehicle had significant front end damage with a broken windshield, and was missing the passenger side rear view mirror.
Northbound Mitchell Road was closed from Roeding to Whitmore as traffic investigators took measurements and collected evidence at the scene. One lane of southbound Mitchell Road was closed as well.
Authorities published a photo via a press release of the van as it appeared to flee the scene toward Whitmore Avenue.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Freddie Ortiz at (209) 538-5678, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash
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.
Truck Rolls Off Highway 99 in Modesto
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.
Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated
STANISLAUS COUNTY – A pedestrian was pronounced deceased after being discovered on the side of a road, the victim of an apparent vehicle collision Thursday morning.
The incident was reported shortly before 7:00am near the intersection of West Main Street and South Morgan Road. Fire personnel were initially dispatched for a report of a person down on the side of the road suffering an unspecified medical emergency. Authorities were soon requested after it was determined the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. An air ambulance was initially requested but later canceled.
According to the California Highway Patrol, early indications suggest the crash was a hit and run. There was no description available of an involved vehicle. The pedestrian was only described as a woman.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
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