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Arrests Made in Fatal Hit and Run

Carlos Rodriguez

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Photos: Modesto Police Department

MODESTO – Authorities announced the arrest of two people Friday in connection to a fatal hit and run earlier in the week.

Paul Muratore and Lori Jardine were arrested on charges in connection to a fatal hit and run Tuesday night. Police credit a citizen who noticed the vehicle in the Enslen area and called authorities to report it. The vehicle was found parked in a nearby residence without a hood or bumper, and the windshield had been recently replaced.

Muratore, 67, was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, felon in possession of a firearm, drug charges, and a warrant. Jardine, 61, was charged with aiding and abetting following the commission of a felony.

Police are seeking the driver of a 2006-2010 silver Dodge Charger. Investigators say they believe the driver witnessed the crash and followed the pickup as it fled the scene.

The crash happened about 8:45pm Tuesday near the intersection of 8th and L Streets. Police said the involved Chevy S10 truck swerved around a vehicle that had yielded to the pedestrian crossing the intersection and struck him. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital but later died from his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Radeuchel via email at radeuchelr@modestopd.com ot 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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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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