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Update: Photo of Fatal Hit and Run Vehicle Released

Carlos Rodriguez

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Photo: Ceres Police Department

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.

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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Three Killed in Fiery Crash With CHP Vehicle

Gaby Muro

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Photo: California Highway Patrol

WALNUT GROVE – Three people were killed in a fiery crash when their SUV collided with a CHP patrol vehicle Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at about 2:30am on Interstate 5 near Walnut Grove. A CHP patrol vehicle occupied by two officers was providing assistance to a disabled tractor trailer on the southbound shoulder. Authorities said for unknown reasons, a 2021 Subaru SUV left the roadway and struck the patrol car, sending it down into the dirt. The Subaru then crashed into a tree where it caught fire.

The three occupants of the Subaru were killed in the crash. The two CHP officers were taken to a hospital with major injuries.

A CHP team responded to investigate the crash. Late Tuesday morning one lane was still closed for investigation. It was unknown if alcohol or drug impairment played a role in the collision.

Authorities would like to remind motorists to safely make a lane change for stopped emergency vehicles.

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Vehicle Collision Reported on Highway 33

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CROWS LANDING – Emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Highway 33 Monday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 3:13pm near the intersection of Highway 33 and Eastin Road in the town of Crows Landing. Early reports indicate three vehicles were involved with one person trapped in a vehicle.

At least two patients were said to require immediate care. Firefighters worked to extricate one motorist from a vehicle. An air ambulance was also dispatched to the scene.

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Pedestrian Killed in Turlock Crash

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TURLOCK – A pedestrian was killed during a collision with a vehicle Monday morning.

The collision happened shortly before 7:00am near the intersection of West Monte Vista Avenue and Del’s Lane. Arriving officers located a 27 year old man in the roadway with major injuries. An officer and an off duty firefighter began performing CPR on the man, who was rushed by ambulance to a hospital where he later died.

The driver of the involved vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities during the investigation. Police said they do not suspect drugs, alcohol, or speed to be factors in the crash.

Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this collision to contact Officer Martin Marquez at (209) 668-5550 extension 6761.

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