STOCKTON - Authorities arrested a man accused in the deaths of three people following a hit and run collision in Stockton Thursday evening.
The crash happened near the Highway 99 Frontage Road south of Hammer Lane and Moreland Street at about 7:40pm. A witness located an unresponsive bicyclist down in the roadway and called 911. As Highway Patrol officers and other emergency personnel arrived, the bicyclist who was identified as 27 year old John Eric Stevens of Stockton, died from his injuries. The involved vehicle had fled the scene before authorities arrived.
As officers searched the area, they located a 1997 Honda Accord with major front end damage a short distance away. The driver had fled the vehicle, but officers found two passengers deceased inside. Authorities say the vehicle had been reported stolen from Stockton on Wednesday.
Investigators determined that the Honda was traveling south on Frontage Road at a high rate of speed when it struck the bicyclist and continued without stopping. The impact killed both passengers. They were identified as 23 year old Raymond Lawrence Schenone, and 23 year old Michelle Joanne Vargas, both of Stockton.
The Highway Patrol says because of the relationship it has built with the community, they were able to receive information leading to the arrest of 23 year old Matthew Barnec of Stockton, who is suspected of being the driver in this fatal crash.
Barnec was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on felony hit and run charges. Other charges are anticipated pending the investigation.
MODESTO - A Saturday afternoon traffic collision closed down Scenic Drive for several hours, leaving several people injured.
The collision happened at about 2:00pm on Scenic Drive just east of Bodem Street, involving a white Nissan Xterra and a gray Dodge pickup truck. Early indications suggested the Nissan was traveling eastbound when it came into the path of the pickup, resulting in a t-bone type crash.
The Nissan was occupied by a woman and two children ages of under one, and the other about ten years old. Modesto and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews responded to the scene with equipment to extricate the occupants from the vehicles. One child was airlifted to a hospital for care. The crash was classified as "major injury."
Police officers closed off Scenic from Bodem to Coffee Road to investigate the crash and clean up the wreckage and fluid spills.
MODESTO - A truck driver narrowly escaped serious injury after running off of highway 99 Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at about 7:30am near the northbound Highway 99 off ramp to South 9th Street in Modesto. It just missed colliding into Ceres Fire Station Two, but did crash into a water well and a firefighter’s personal vehicle.
Officials say had the vehicle struck the fire station, it would have hit the workout room which was previously the sleeping quarters for firefighters.
The frontage road was closed while HazMat and other emergency personnel assessed the situation. California Highway Patrol officers responded to investigate the collision.
The truck was hauling about 40 thousand pounds of almonds.
MODESTO - Police continue their investigation into a crash that claimed the life of a 29 year old woman.
At about 1:00am Thursday, officers received several 911 calls reporting a crash in the area of Standiford and Longbridge Avenues. The calls indicated that a vehicle had collided into a tree and the woman found inside was unresponsive.
Medics arrived on scene and pronounced the driver, identified as 29 year old Gisela Flores, deceased from injuries suffered in the collision.
Indications early in the investigation suggest that the driver was traveling westbound on Standiford Avenue in a 2010 Honda Accord when she collided into a light pole near Tully Road. Flores continued driving until she lost control of her vehicle near Longbridge Avenue and crashed into a tree.
Police say speed and alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash.
Traffic officers closed the road down for several hours to investigate the crash. Flores was the only occupant of the vehicle.
TURLOCK - Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a train that struck a pedestrian Friday morning.
SONORA - A man wanted in connection to a felony hit and run collision was arrested after an employee of a cafe in Murphy's recognized the driver inside the business.
The employee of the cafe called authorities after seeing 76 year old Louis Page of Valley Springs inside the business. A Calaveras County Sheriff Deputy responded to detain Page until Sonora authorities could arrive to discuss the incident with him.
Page was wanted for questioning in connection to a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian on October 18th near the intersection of North Washington and Elkin Streets. The pedestrian, 30 year old Jessica Williams of Jamestown, was struck in the crosswalk of the intersection suffering major injuries. She was transported to a hospital and airlifted to Modesto for further care.
Witnesses say that Page stopped momentarily and asked Williams if she was okay, then fled when one person mentioned contacting authorities. Page was identified through a photo lineup.
Authorities say Page admitted his involvement in the crash, stating that he fled the scene after he was unable to find a place to pull over following the crash. Authorities located damage on Page's vehicle consistent with accounts of the collision.
Page was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for felony hit and run.
WESTLEY - A collision involving a motorcyclist closed Interstate Five shortly before noon Saturday.
The crash was reported at about 11:43am in the northbound lanes near the Westley Rest area. Arriving emergency personnel reported a motorcyclist down in the roadway. It was unclear if the motorcyclist was the only person involved or if they collided with another vehicle.
An air ambulance responded to transport the patient to a hospital for care. Fire crews closed the roadway down to allow for safe landing of the helicopter. The motorcyclist was flown to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto.
At time of publication, no further details were available. Roadways were re-opened shortly before 12:30pm.