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Pedestrian Injured in Hit and Run Collision

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – Authorities are seeking the driver who struck a pedestrian and did not stop at the scene Tuesday night.

At about 8:45pm police responded to the area of 8th and L Streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Police and medical personnel arrived and found the victim on the ground. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The pedestrian was crossing the street from corner to corner in an unmarked crosswalk, according to Modesto Police Sergeant Lance Nicolai. Although there is no marked crosswalk painted on the ground, Sergeant Nicolai explained that vehicles are still legally obligated to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the road at such intersections.

As the victim crossed, a vehicle traveling west on the inside lane yielded to the pedestrian. A smaller sized dark colored pickup truck traveling behind that stopped vehicle in the same lane swerved around and drove back into the inside lane, striking the pedestrian.

The collision threw the pedestrian toward the curb on L Street. The pickup truck continued west on L before turning north on 7th and driving off, according to Sergeant Nicolai.

Medical personnel performed CPR on the victim and were able to regain a pulse and rushed him to a hospital. They were only identified as a male, age unknown.

Traffic investigators responded to examine and collect evidence. A crime scene technician also arrived to assist with the investigation.

Authorities are urging anyone who may have information regarding this collision to contact Investigator Radeuchel at (209) 572-9500, 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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Pedestrian Struck by Train in Manteca

Carlos Rodriguez

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MANTECA – Authorities responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a train Thursday afternoon.

The train blocked off the Main Street and Yosemite Avenue crossings while authorities investigated.

The pedestrian was killed as a result of the collision. No information regarding the identity of the pedestrian was available at time of publication.

Business owners in the area indicated that there have been others previous in the same area. A memorial could be seen just south of Moffat Boulevard near the transit center, presumably for a previous victim.

Police and Sheriff Deputies remained at the scene to take measurements and investigate the crash.

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Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Collision

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Investigators with the Modesto Police Traffic Unit closed down Yosemite Boulevard Wednesday afternoon to investigate a fatal vehicle collision.

The crash happened at about 6:30am near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard at Ruffino Avenue. Early reports indicate a man in a mobility chair was crossing Yosemite in a crosswalk when he was struck by a westbound vehicle.

Police say the driver of the commercial pickup truck remained at the scene. The injuries initially appeared to be non-life threatening, however investigators were notified around 3:30pm that the patient had died.

Yosemite Boulevard was closed between North Santa Cruz and La Loma Avenue while officers examined the scene.

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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.

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