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Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:59

Two Fatal Hit and Runs Claim Lives of Pedestrians

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MODESTO - Police investigated two separate fatal collisions that claimed the lives of two pedestrians Saturday.

Shortly after midnight emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Sylvan and McHenry Avenues. Police were told by witnesses that the pedestrian was struck by a black Saturn driving west on Sylvan when the collision hapened, then struck a light pole.

The driver of the Saturn exited the vehicle, looked at the pedestrian, then entered the vehicle again. The driver backed the vehicle over the pedestrian again before fleeing the scene. Police later found the vehicle crashed into a parked car and abandoned on the 3600 block of Chippewa.

Six hours later police responded to another collision involving a pedestrian on Paradise Road. Early reports indicate that a 61 year old man was struck by a Honda traveling east. The Honda was being driven by a 39 year old woman, who initially stopped to help the pedestrian but later left before authorities arrived.

Police were able to later make contact with the driver. The pedestrian died at the scene. Authorities say the investigations are ongoing and they are seeking additional witnesses.

Police offer the following safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians:

For drivers: 
• Slow down, especially in inclement weather and at night. 
• Watch for pedestrians in and around crosswalks and around vehicles. 
• Put away all distractions. 

For pedestrians: 
• Use crosswalks. 
• Look both ways several times before crossing. 
• Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact to ensure you’re seen. 
• Obey all traffic laws. 
• Stay alert. Items such as headphones and cell phones should be put away until you arrive safely at your destination.

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

 
Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:08

Yosemite Park Roads to Close Following Storm Warning

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YOSEMITE - Roads leading into Yosemite Valley are expected to close Thursday at 5:00pm due to a winter storm and flash flood warning.

The National Weather Service issued the warning through Friday December 15th, with some areas expected to receive as much as six inches of rain.  Officials predict heavy snow in the Sierra Mountains, with as much as six feet at the crest. The Merced River water level is expected to rise over 14 feet, several feet above flood level at the Pohono River Gauge.

Road closures take effect in and out of the park starting at 5:00pm and will last overnight. Officials urge travelers who are leaving the park to exit today by 4:00pm at the latest. 

The following roads are scheduled to be closed:

- Highway 140 at the El Portal park line.

- Wawona Road from Wawona to Yosemite Valley will be closed at Chinquapin.

- Northside Drive exiting Yosemite Valley will be closed at Yosemite Valley Lodge for outgoing traffic.

- Big Oak Flat Road at Highway 120 will be closed at Foresta Junction.

Roads are expected to be re-evaluated for opening on Friday.

Park officials urge travelers to be cautious of other hazards while leaving the park including mud and debris flows, falling rocks and tree collapse. Fire zones may see increased dangers of debris flows during heavy rain.

Travelers can call (209) 372-0200 24 hours for road and weather information.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:05

UPDATE: Patterson Man Killed in Modesto Crash

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MODESTO - Police have identified a Patterson man who lost his life in a traffic collision Tuesday night.

Shortly before 8:00pm Tuesday, emergency crews responded to the area of 9th Street and Coldwell Avenue for a report of an overturned vehicle. A man was found unresponsive in the car. First responders attempted life saving measures, but the man died at the scene.

The driver was identified as 59 year old Bill Verhaegen of Patterson. The investigation into the crash continues, but it appears he suffered a medical emergency at the time of the crash.

Anyone with information that may be helpful in the investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Phillips at (209) 342-9153.

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:09

Traffic Collision Causes Large Power Outage

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STOCKTON - A traffic collision knocked out power to a large portion of north Stockton Tuesday night. 

The crash was reported at about 10:10pm near the intersection of West Lane and East Eight Mile Road. Early indications suggest a vehicle collided into a utility pole, disrupting power to several thousand customers.

According to the California Highway Patrol, traffic lights in the affected area were completely blacked out. Temporary stop signs were requested by authorities.

Shortly before 11:00pm, the coroner was requested to the scene. Further details regarding the collision were not available at time of publication.

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:23

Fatal Crash in Central Modesto Investigated

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MODESTO - Police investigated a crash that claimed the life of one person Tuesday night.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash reported at the intersection of North 9th Street and Coldwell Avenue for a report of an overturned vehicle. Police and medical personnel arrived but the driver, identified only as a man, had died at the scene.

Coldwell Avenue was closed as well as the southbound lane of 9th Street. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 18:30

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Modesto

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MODESTO - Police closed down a road as a man was rushed to the hospital after he was struck by a car Tuesday.

The crash happened at about 5:39pm near the intersection of Sutter and Faustina Avenues. Multiple agencies responded to the scene.

The road was closed for investigation. Further updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:44

Overturned Vehicle Reported on I-5

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WESTLEY - Emergency crews responded to the report of an overturned vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 3:34pm in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just north of the Westley rest area. Early indications suggest the involved vehicle, described as a gray Honda Civic, overturned and came to rest in the center median.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Honda was the only involved vehicle in the crash. The driver was reported to be still in the vehicle at time of publication.

Crews from West Stanislaus and Patterson Fire responded as well as an air ambulance. Extent of injuries were assessed as moderate.