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Update: Photo of Fatal Hit and Run Vehicle Released

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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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Child Airlifted by Helicopter Following Vehicle Collision

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MODESTO – A child was flown by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution following a three car collision Sunday night.

At 9:42pm emergency crews responded to the intersection of College and Orangeburg Avenues for the report of a three vehicle collision. One of the involved vehicles was a Stanislaus County Sheriff patrol car, the others were a white four door sedan and a dark Ford SUV.

The white sedan had damage on the passenger side of the vehicle and came to rest on the lawn of a church at the intersection. The patrol car had significant damage to both the front and back of the vehicle and was near the intersection curb. The Ford SUV was facing east on Orangeburg Avenue and had front end damage also.

The deputy appeared to have a head injury. He was seen holding a towel to his head. The sedan had a child in the vehicle and reportedly also had a head injury.

An air ambulance was called to transport the child as a precaution to a pediatric hospital. PHI Med 4-1 responded and landed in a field at Roosevelt School to fly the child.

According to Lieutenant Chris Adams with the Modesto Police Department, everyone involved suffered moderate injuries.

The circumstances regarding the collision were not available Sunday night.

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Semi Crash Closes Interstate Five

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WEST STANISLAUS COUNTY – A collision involving at least one semi truck closed lanes of Interstate Five Thursday evening.

California Highway Patrol Officers responded to the crash at about 7:15pm on Northbound I-5 near the Stuhr Road exit. Early reports indicate a semi and an Amazon truck collided, resulting in a fire.

An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene for a report of a burn victim.

A hard traffic closure was anticipated Thursday evening.

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Police Close Roadway for Major Collision

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MODESTO – Police responded to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian Wednesday night that closed down a road for investigation.

The crash happened shortly before 10:00pm near the intersection of B and Beard Streets. Early reports indicate a vehicle collided with a wheelchair bound person.

Life saving measures were performed on the pedestrian but after several minutes they were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The involved vehicle appeared to be a dark Dodge pickup with visible front end damage.

Police closed down B Street between Beard and Seventh Streets. Traffic officers were called to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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