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.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigated Near Oakdale
OAKDALE – A crash on Highway 120 closed the roadway and claimed the life of a motorcyclist Wednesday night.
The crash was reported on Highway 120 just north of Valley Home Road at about 9:52pm. Early reports indicate a motorcycle, Toyota Prius and a big rig were all involved in the crash. The Prius appeared overturned next to the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the bike.
The roadway was completely closed to traffic while officers with California Highway Patrol investigated and took measurements. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not available at time of publication.
Police Seek Driver in Crash Involving Pedestrian
MODESTO – Traffic investigators with the Modesto Police Department responded to a collision involving a pedestrian Sunday night.
The crash happened shortly after 9:00pm on McHenry Avenue between Robin Hood Drive and Sylvan Avenue. Officials at the scene said a pedestrian with a bicycle was struck on McHenry Avenue. The involved vehicle left before officers arrived.
The pedestrian was rushed by ambulance to a hospital with serious injuries. Traffic officers responded to take over the investigation. Officers had not established Sunday night if the pedestrian was walking the bicycle or riding it.
Early reports indicated a possible involved vehicle may have been a white Chevy pickup truck that was last seen traveling south on McHenry Avenue. Authorities are asking for the driver to come forward.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 527-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Train Collides with Trailer Near Turlock
TURLOCK – A collision involving a freight train and a truck trailer closed down a busy roadway Wednesday afternoon.
The crash was dispatched at about 3:40pm at the intersection of South Golden State Boulevard near Daubenberger Road. The trailer involved in the crash was destroyed, spilling contents onto the roadway.
Railroad traffic was stopped while emergency crews worked at the scene. The truck appeared to be carrying food product or fruit juice.
The circumstances regarding the crash were still under investigation however no injuries were reported.
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