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.
Bicyclist Killed, Police Investigate
MODESTO – Police investigated a fatal collision involving a bicyclist Saturday night.
The crash happened shortly before 9:30pm near the intersection of Orangeburg and Lakewood Avenues. Early reports indicate a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle.
Arriving officers located the victim down in the roadway and began performing life-saving measures. Despite efforts, medical personnel pronounced the bicyclist deceased at the scene.
Early reports indicate the involved vehicle fled the collision scene. There was no confirmed description of that vehicle or driver at time of publication.
Police closed off Lakewood just north of Orangeburg in both directions while conducting an investigation.
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.
Fatal Collision Investigated
MODESTO – Officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated a crash that claimed the life of one person Wednesday night.
The crash happened at about 7:40pm near the intersection of Paradise Road and Vernon Avenue. Arriving first responders located a dirt bike rider with major injuries. The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash. The dirt bike was described as a Honda 125.
During the investigation, CHP issued a “Be on the Lookout” for a dark unknown type passenger vehicle with substantial damage to the right side.
Paramedics with American Medical Response and firefighters with Burbank-Paradise Fire Protection District responded to the scene.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440.
Fatal Crash Reported West of Modesto
STANISLAUS COUNTY – At least one person lost their life in a vehicle collision on Highway 132 Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters and officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area of Highway 132 and Gates Road at about 6:11pm. A big rig and a Honda Civic were both involved in the collision and came to rest on the northeast corner of the intersection.
One person was trapped in one of the vehicles and had to be removed by rescue personnel. At about 6:45pm the coroner was requested to the scene.
The truck was hauling soda. Eastbound lanes were unaffected by traffic, one westbound lane appeared closed for emergency equipment. Gates Road was closed while the collision was under investigation.
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