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Sunday, 23 December 2018 17:16

Motorcyclist Killed in Turlock Crash

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TURLOCK - Authorities investigated a fatal crash that claimed the life of a man in his 30’s.

The Turlock Police Department identified 39 year old Michael Beede as a motorcyclist who was killed in the Saturday afternoon collision. Police say Beede was traveling westbound on Fulkerth Road when he collided with the back end of a pickup truck near Highway 99 around 6:00pm.

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The driver of the pickup, identified only as a 39 year old man from Modesto, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Beede, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, was ejected from the motorcycle and rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash, and are asking for anyone with information regarding the collision to contact Officer Mike Simbalenko at (209) 668-5550 extension 6723.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:46

Woman Killed by Hit and Run Driver

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MODESTO - Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that fled after fatally striking a woman in a crosswalk Wednesday evening.

Family of 59 year old Irene Arellano Lopez had just celebrated her life with an early surprise birthday party Saturday. Her routine was to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at Save Mart before walking to her north Modesto home.

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She was only a few feet away from the curb when she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver between 6:30pm and 7:30pm as she used a crosswalk on Pelandale Avenue.

Police are searching for a silver 2006-2008 model Volkswagen Jetta with front end damage, and possible rear end damage from a previous collision. Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Modesto Police Officer Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Irene would have been 60 on December 24th.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:49

Driver Killed in Crash Near Ceres

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CERES - Police investigated a traffic collision that claimed the life of a driver Saturday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 5:29pm near the intersection of Ustick and Service Roads. First responders arrived and found two vehicles involved in the collision.

Ceres Police officials on scene of the collision believe the driver of a sedan was traveling south on Ustick and failed to stop at the stop sign, colliding with the second vehicle traveling westbound on Service Road. The impact projected both vehicles into the southwest corner of the intersection where they came to rest. The driver of the sedan was pinned in the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Investigators worked into the night to determine why the driver did not stop, and wether speed or other factors played a role in the collision. When asked if it appeared the driver may have been speeding, an official noted “sometimes it’s surprising how fast a vehicle may NOT be going that can lead to results like this.”

Service Road was closed at Crows Landing Road, and Ustick was closed at Whitmore Avenue and Grayson Road as Ceres Police Officers investigated the crash.

The deceased driver was only identified as an adult male. At least one occupant of the second vehicle was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, their injuries were unknown.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:19

Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Crash

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MODESTO - Authorities investigated a crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian Tuesday night.

At about 8:45pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to Spencer Avenue south of Maze Boulevard for a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.

The victim, described as a middle aged man was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. 

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Witnesses say the victim was walking home with a wheeled basket of recyclables in a southbound direction when he was struck by the vehicle. He was about two houses away from returning home.

Cans and other debris littered the roadway for several yards. A mangled red basket was laying in the roadway.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol closed Spencer Avenue for about two hours as they investigated the crash scene and took measurements.

According to witness accounts, the driver stopped his vehicle and exited. He briefly checked on the victim before re-entering the truck and fleeing.

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The driver was described as an African-American male adult appearing to be in his 40’s wearing a white shirt.

The vehicle officers are seeking is described as a white extended cab pickup truck with front end damage.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Whittemore at the California Highway Patrol (209) 545-7440, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:18

Early Morning Crash Claims the Life of Escalon Man

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MODESTO - Police are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of an Escalon man and believe speed is a factor.

Shortly after midnight police responded to 14th Street between H and I Streets in downtown Modesto for a report of a vehicle collision.

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First responders located a red Honda that collided with a tree. The damage was devastating, trapping the occupant and breaking the car in half. Parts of the vehicle came to rest on the sidewalk and against a building.

Investigators closed off 14th Street to examine the crash scene and take measurements, lining the street with markers and using imaging tools to document the scene.

Police identified the victim as 21 year old Roberto Galvan Armaraz Jr. of Escalon. Authorities believe high speed played a role in the crash that took his life.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 20:14

Pedestrian Killed in Vehicle Collision

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STOCKTON - A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday evening in a traffic collision.

The collision was reported at about 8:00pm near the intersection of Stanislaus Street and Hazelton Avenue. Police, fire and ambulance personnel arrived at the intersection to find the pedestrian down on the ground.

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Firefighters and performed CPR on the victim, however despite life saving attempts, the pedestrian died at the scene. Authorities covered the body with a sheet moments later.

At time of publication it was unclear if the vehicle involved stopped or left. The roadway was taped off and blocked by police.

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The victim appeared to be an adult male, however details regarding their identity were too early to determine.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

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CERES - Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that fled the scene of a fatal collision Friday.

Shortly after 6:00pm, authorities say a 27 year old Ceres man was riding a BMX style bicycle in the area of Service and Moffett Roads. The bicyclist was struck by dark gray or black colored crew cab GMC Sierra, believed to be a 2014 or 2015 model.

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The bicyclist died from his injuries. Authorities say the pickup was last seen traveling westbound after the collision before turning north onto Blaker Road. The truck should have front passenger side damage on the headlight, fender and mirror.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding this collision to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 356-2900.

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