Category Archives: Collision

Drunk man on bail arrested after leading officers on pursuit early Thursday morning

On Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at 1:18 am, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, Turlock, on-viewed a driver violate the California Vehicle Code. The officer got behind the vehicle and made a traffic stop on it, at which point the driver pulled over into a parking lot.

As the officer got out of his vehicle to make contact with the driver, later identified as Hugo Barriga, 35, of Keyes, Barriga took off from him through the parking lot at high rates of speed and in a reckless manner.

The officer initiated a pursuit and chased Barriga eastbound on E Linwood Ave, before he ultimately collided into a fence on Golf Rd.

Barriga then exited his vehicle and began to flee from the officer on foot, however, he eventually gave up and surrendered as additional officers arrived in the area.

Speeds during the pursuit reached approximately 70 miles per hour.

Barriga sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision. He was ground transported by the Turlock Police Department to a local hospital.

After Barriga was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, committing a felony while on bail, hit and run causing property damage, resisting a peace officer, driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving without a valid license.

Pedestrian suffers major injuries after being struck by hit and run vehicle Monday night

On Monday, December 27th, 2021, at 10:03 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a pedestrian suffering from major injuries laying in the roadway.

The pedestrian was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle that had hit the pedestrian is described as a red sedan with front end damage.

The pedestrian’s current status remains unknown.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into traffic light pole Thursday night

On Thursday, December 23rd, 2021, at 9:42 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of W Taylor Rd and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white Volkswagen sedan, that had struck a traffic light pole.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Alexander Thomas, 26, of Turlock, was uninjured.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Thomas, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. As a result of those tests, Thomas was determined to be intoxicated and was subsequently arrested for it.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Thomas was released on a citation on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Man on PRCS for auto theft arrested after leading police on pursuit and crashing into fence with stolen car early Sunday morning

On Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at 2:35 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of S Beech St and Flower St, Turlock, saw a vehicle which he recognized to be a vehicle stolen from the county’s jurisdiction the day prior. The officer got behind the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop on its driver, later identified as Garcia Cesar, 33, of Modesto, however, Cesar accelerated to high speeds and a pursuit was initiated.

Cesar fled westbound on Flower St from S Beech St before crashing into the fence of Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N Soderquist Rd.

Cesar then exited his vehicle and fled into the memorial park on foot. The officer chased Cesar for a minute before being able to eventually gain his compliance and get him proned out on the ground. Assisting officers arrived shortly after and Cesar was taken into custody without further incident.

The pursuit lasted less than a minute and speeds only reached a high of approximately sixty miles per hour.

The stolen vehicle, a gray BMW sedan, sustained moderate damage. It was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. In addition to the fence being struck, a stop sign was also taken out. The stop sign had an electrical component to it which led to live wires being exposed, so on-call city crews responded to secure it.

When officers conducted a records check on Cesar, they discovered that he was on post release community supervision for a prior auto theft case.

Cesar was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, auto theft, hit and run causing property damage, resisting a peace officer, and violating post release community supervision.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into two mailboxes and parked vehicle Saturday evening

On Saturday, December 18th, 2021, at 5:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries in front of Wellness Massage, 2715 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a silver Chevrolet SUV and the other was a silver Honda sedan. The silver Chevrolet SUV had also collided with two mailboxes, taking one of them down.

The driver and only occupant of the silver Chevrolet SUV, Robert Messer, 52, of Turlock, was uninjured. The silver Honda sedan was parked and unoccupied.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Messer. They asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, which he did. At the conclusion of those tests, officers asked Messer to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. As a result of the tests, officers developed probable cause to believe that Messer was intoxicated when the collision occurred.

Officers began investigating and determined that for an unknown reason, Messer had backed into two mailboxes and taken one of them down. After he had backed into the mailboxes, he proceeded to continue backing up before ultimately striking the passenger side of the silver Honda sedan and coming to final rest.

Messer was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Man arrested for DWI, classic car damaged after colliding with pole Sunday night

On Sunday, December 12th, 2021, at 10:25 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Monte Vista Ave and Countryside Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white Chevrolet sedan, that had collided with a traffic light pole.

The vehicle had one occupant, its driver, identified as Marlin Benson, 21, of Oroville. He suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, Benson was traveling eastbound on W Monte Vista Ave approaching Countryside Dr when it did.

Benson admitted to officers that he had been drinking, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. The results of those tests gave officers probable cause to believe that Benson was intoxicated.

Benson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Elderly woman crashes vehicle into Red Robin building Friday afternoon

On Friday, December 10th, 2021, at 1:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries at Red Robin, 3105 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Kia SUV, that had collided with the building.

The white Kia SUV had two occupants, a driver and passenger, both of which were uninjured.

The white Kia SUV sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The building sustained minor damage as well and was deemed safe by a city building official.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the driver of the vehicle was elderly, which could have played a role in it.

Toddler airlifted after being struck by vehicle Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, at 6:18 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 900 block of Pioneer Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white BMW sedan, that had struck a 1 year and 9 months old toddler, who was laying unconscious in the middle of the roadway.

The white BMW sedan had two occupants, both of which were uninjured. The toddler sustained major life threatening injuries to his head and was airlifted by CALSTAR Air Medical Services to a regional hospital. He was unconscious the entire time, however, was breathing on his own. He is currently in critical but stable condition.

The white BMW sedan sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white BMW sedan was traveling southbound on Pioneer Ave from Wayside Dr, while the toddler was outside with his family saying goodbye to their friends who were visiting. The toddler escaped from his family and entered the roadway, which is when he was struck by the white BMW sedan.

At this point, officers do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer John-Paul Beech at 209-669-2108.

Bicyclist strikes police vehicle Tuesday night

On Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, at 9:50 pm, a Turlock Police officer responding to assist on a traffic stop had his patrol vehicle struck by a bicyclist at the intersection of W Olive Ave and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

The bicyclist and involved officer, Officer Marco Diaz, were both uninjured. Diaz’s partner, Canine Ace, was also uninjured.

The patrol vehicle and bicycle both sustained minor damage.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the area of impact on the patrol vehicle was near its front right tire.

Motorcyclist injured after being struck by vehicle during rush hour traffic Monday evening

On Monday, November 29th, 2021, at 5:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and Bernell Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a blue Chevrolet sedan and the other was a black motorcycle.

The blue Chevrolet sedan had two occupants, both of which were uninjured. The motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into family SUV, injuring two teenagers early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 27th, 2021, at 12:25 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and N Olive Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white GMC SUV and the other was a white Ram pickup truck.

The white GMC SUV had seven occupants, two of which suffered moderate injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. One was 16 and the other was 19. The white Ram pickup truck had an unknown number of occupants, however, none were injured.

The white GMC SUV sustained major damage while the white Ram pickup truck sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from the driver of the white Ram pickup truck, whose identity has not yet been released, and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Halfway through the tests, he decided that he did not want to continue participating in them. He was arrested.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The arrestee was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on unknown charges.

Bicyclist injured in possible vehicle collision Thursday evening

On Thursday, November 25th, 2021, at 6:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported man down in front of a residence in the 500 block of Wayside Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a 22-year old male unconscious on the ground next to a bicycle with lots of blood on his face.

He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Officers began investigating and believed that this was possibly the result of a vehicle collision, however, that is yet to be confirmed. Two vehicles were next to the victim, a white Chevrolet pickup truck and a gray Honda sedan. The white Chevrolet pickup truck had noticeable damage on its rear-end that appeared consistent with a bicycle striking it, however, that is yet to be confirmed what actually happened.

No signs of foul play were located.

The investigation remains on-going.

Convenience store armed robbery suspect arrested within hours of crime Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 6:00 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had just occurred at Denair Mart Liquor and Food, 4700 Main St, Denair.

Deputies arrived on scene and began investigating. Throughout the course of their investigation, they were able to determine that a subject, later identified as Daniel Reagan, 35, of Waterford, had entered the business, held the clerk at gunpoint, demanded an undisclosed amount of currency, and then fled the scene in a gold Chevrolet SUV.

A short time later, deputies in the 400 block of E St, Waterford, saw the suspect vehicle leaving a residence. Deputies attempted to stop it, however, Reagan floored it and a pursuit was initiated.

Reagan eventually crashed his vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of Held Dr and E Briggsmore Ave, Modesto, before he was taken into custody.

A subsequent parole search of Reagan’s residence led to the discovery of a firearm with a tampered serial number, a replica firearm consistent with what was described to have been used in the robbery, and cash in similar denominations to what was taken in the robbery. A syringe loaded with a substance resembling heroin was also recovered.

During the pursuit, speeds reached approximately 80 miles per hour. Reagan also failed to yield to other motorists and ran stop signs and red lights, several times.

Reagan was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Pedestrian on freeway struck and killed by vehicle Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, at 1:40 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries southbound State Route 99 just north of E Keyes Rd, Keyes.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a Lincoln Sedan. The vehicle had two occupants, its driver, Humberto Gonzalez, 38, of Turlock, and his passenger, a 17-year old male juvenile. Gonzalez had struck a pedestrian, who was later identified as Cesario Nepomoceno, 22, of Merced.

Gonzalez and his passenger were not injured. Nepomoceno suffered major injuries which he succumbed to at the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that Gonzalez was traveling southbound State Route 99 in the left lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, while Nepomoceno was attempting to cross the freeway in an eastbound direction. Nepomoceno began crossing and successfully made it across the right and middle lanes, before eventually being struck by Gonzalez in the left lane. Prior to the collision, Gonzalez attempted to avoid Nepomoceno by applying his brakes and swerving to the left, however, it was already too late.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Milton Rafael at 209-545-7440.

One dead, one injured in early Sunday morning freeway rollover

On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, at 2:32 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on northbound State Route 99 just north of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a Chevrolet SUV. The vehicle had two occupants, its driver, Luis Mojarro, 29, of Galt, and his passenger, Fernando Herrera, 21, of Lodi. Mojarro had been ejected from the vehicle and was laying on the on-ramp while Herrera was trapped in the vehicle.

Both subjects suffered major injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals. Mojarro later succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital.

Officers began investigating and determined that Mojarro was traveling northbound State Route 99 in an unknown lane, when for an unknown reason, he turned his vehicle to the right near W Monte Vista Ave. The vehicle then left the roadway and overturned, coming to final rest in an embankment. At some point during this, Mojarro was ejected from the vehicle.

Currently, it is unknown if alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Jason Zimmerman at 209-545-7440.

Elderly woman dead after being struck by vehicle while using crosswalk Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 4:54 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and 9th St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved. The vehicle was a gray GMC pickup truck which had struck a pedestrian, later identified as Martha Barajas, 66, of Turlock.

The gray GMC pickup truck had three occupants, a driver and two passengers, all of which were uninjured. When crews arrived on scene, Barajas was laying unresponsive in the middle of the roadway and an off-duty nurse was performing CPR on her. Barajas suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries at.

The gray GMC pickup truck sustained minor damage and would have been able to be driven away from the scene, however, it was authority towed to the police department to be processed for evidence.

Officers began investigating and determined that the gray GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound in the left lane of Lander Avenue, approaching Barajas, who was walking eastbound across the street in a crosswalk. For an unknown reason, the driver of the gray GMC pickup truck did not see Barajas until it was too late and he struck her.

At this point, alcohol, drugs, and speed do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761.

Drunk driver arrested after injuring two Monday night

On Monday, November 15th, 2021, at 9:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Dodge sedan and the other was a white Subaru SUV.

The gray Dodge sedan only had one occupant, its driver, later identified as Brian Ansel John, 34, of Turlock. He suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. The white Subaru SUV had two occupants, a driver and a passenger. They both suffered minor injuries and also refused to be transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from John and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, however, he refused.

John was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury.

Motorcyclist killed by driver failing to yield the right of way Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 8th, 2021, at 4:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and Pedras Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a black motorcycle and the other was a white Hyundai sedan.

The motorcycle’s only rider, later identified as Owen McDonald, 32, of Turlock, suffered major life threatening injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to those injuries. The white Hyundai sedan had two occupants, a driver and a passenger. The driver suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, which she was later released from. The passenger did not suffer any reported injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that McDonald was traveling northbound in the left lane of N Golden State Blvd going through Pedras Rd, when for an unknown reason, the white Hyundai sedan which was traveling westbound on Pedras Rd and making a southbound turn onto N Golden State Blvd, failed to yield the right of way to him and pulled out in front of him, causing him to collide with its left side. Currently, officers do not suspect that alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision.

The roadway was partially blocked for several hours while officers investigated, collected evidence, and took laser scans.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Mike Simbalenko at 209-668-6523.

Two injured in rear-end style collision Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 3:19 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2100 block of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a blue Toyota SUV, one was a gray Nissan sedan, and the other was a black Dodge pickup truck.

The blue Toyota SUV had two occupants, both of which were uninjured, the gray Nissan sedan had three occupants, one of which suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, and the black Dodge pickup truck had three occupants, one of which suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The blue Toyota SUV sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene, the gray Nissan sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away, and the black Dodge pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Witnesses reported that all three vehicles were traveling eastbound on West Taylor Road, when for an unknown reason, the blue Toyota SUV was rear-ended by the gray Nissan sedan, which then caused the black Dodge pickup truck to rear end the gray Nissan sedan.

Wanted man arrested after fleeing police on bicycle and striking patrol vehicle Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at 11:50 am, a Turlock Police officer in the 2800 block of Geer Rd, Turlock, attempted to stop a bicyclist, later identified as Joseph Yonan, 32, of Turlock, for his involvement in a possible burglary to a vehicle that had just occurred in the area a few minutes prior. When the officer activated his emergency lights and sounded his siren, Yonan did not stop and attempted to flee the officer on his bicycle.

Eventually, Yonan’s bicycle collided with the pushbar of an assisting officer’s vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident.

An investigation into the possible burglary revealed that no burglary had actually occurred, however, after conducting a records check on Yonan, officers discovered that he had several warrants out for his arrest, one of which was for a felony.

Yonan was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of resisting a peace officer and his several warrants.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collision and the patrol vehicle sustained very minor damage that is unnoticeable unless specifically being looked for.

Driver involved in vehicle collision with injuries flees scene on foot Tuesday night

On Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, at 10:28 pm, a Turlock Police officer in the area of E Canal Dr and N Palm St, Turlock, came upon a hit and run vehicle collision with injuries just west of the intersection in the eastbound lanes. Other officers, the Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched.

There were two vehicles involved, a black Ford sedan and a silver Chrysler minivan.

The black Ford sedan had one occupant who had fled on foot southbound on N Palm St prior to officers’ arrival. An identification card was located in the vehicle who belonged to a person with a suspended license and a misdemeanor warrant for resisting a peace officer. It is currently unknown if that was the vehicle’s driver. The silver Chrysler minivan had one occupant who suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response with one firefighter accompanying them.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Edgar Meraz at 209-668-6559.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing vehicle and injuring son Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 2:27 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 400 block of S Tegner Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved which was a black GMC SUV.

The vehicle had two occupants, a father, later identified as Nilton Quintocarhuamaca, 38, of Hilmar, and his young son. Both suffered minor injuries. Quintocarhuamaca refused to be transported to the hospital but his son was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional hospital as a precautionary measure.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. Union Pacific Railroad responded to secure their equipment until repairs could be made.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle was traveling northbound on S Tegner Rd at high rates of speed when for an unknown reason, as it approached the railroad crossing, it veered into railroad crossing equipment, brought it down, and dragged it about 200 feet to where it came to final rest.

While investigating, officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Quintocarhuamaca. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests on him and had him blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which ultimately made them make the decision to place him under arrest.

Quintocarhuamaca was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury and child abuse causing injury.

Pedestrian killed by train early Monday morning

On Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 2:37 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Olive Ave and N First St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a pedestrian and train involved.

The pedestrian, later identified as Frank Fink, 41, of Turlock, suffered major injuries which he succumbed to upon impact. The train’s crew was uninured.

The train sustained no damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the train was traveling northbound through the area when it struck Fink who was on the tracks and wearing all black. The train was stopped for about an hour and half to allow officers to investigate which caused all crossing between W Canal Dr and W F St to be blocked.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Cherish Hood at 209-668-6529.

Vehicle rolls over after colliding at high rates of speed Wednesday night

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 9:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Washington Rd and W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white Toyota pickup truck and the other was a white Lexus sedan.

It is currently unknown how many occupants each vehicle had, however, one of the occupants of the white Lexus sedan suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Witnesses reported that one of the vehicles was traveling at high rates of speed and had run a red light, however, it is currently unknown which vehicle that was.

Woman run over by own vehicle after exiting it and forgetting to put it in park Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, at 7:28 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at a residence in the 1000 block of E Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Ford pickup truck and the other was a gray Honda sedan.

Both vehicles were unoccupied when the collision occurred, however, a woman that had just exited the gray Ford pickup truck was run over by it after she forgot to put it in park. She sustained moderate injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were parked at the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the woman had just pulled her vehicle into the driveway of her home and exited it, when it began to roll in reverse after she had forgotten to put it in park. When it began to roll, it struck her as well as the gray Honda sedan which was parked on the side of the road directly in front of her house. The woman’s vehicle then rolled across the street, through a neighbor’s front yard, and then struck that neighbor’s house.

Motorcyclist crashes after attempting to flee from police Wednesday night

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 9:18 pm, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of Lander Ave and High St, Turlock, on-viewed a motorcycle traveling recklessly. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop on it when its rider, later identified as Isaac Jaramillo, 29, of Turlock, attempted to take off but failed miserably after crashing.

Jaramillo was arrested without further incident and taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared. The motorcycle was towed away from the scene.

Jaramillo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer and driving with a suspended license after being medically cleared.

Jaramillo did not suffer any known injuries.

Drunk driver arrested after being involved in collision Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 11th, 2021, at 12:52 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of N Minaret Ave and East Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white Ford pickup truck and the other was a silver Honda sedan.

The driver of the white Ford pickup truck, which was its only occupant, suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. The driver of the silver Honda sedan, Saul Manzo, 19, of Modesto, which was its only occupant, did not suffer any injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Manzo and began conducting standardized field sobriety tests on him. As a result of the tests, officers developed probable cause to place him under arrest.

Manzo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated causing injury and driving without a valid license.

Woman injured after vehicle rolls off of freeway Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, at 7:54 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on northbound State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

Crews located a single vehicle involved upon their arrival, a silver Chevrolet sedan. It was laying on its side at the bottom of an embankment just east of the freeway.

The vehicle’s only occupant, its driver, suffered minor injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response after firefighters assisted with getting her out of the vehicle.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman dead after drunk husband causes vehicle to roll off of freeway Thursday night

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021, at 10:37 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on southbound State Route 99 just south of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved which was a silver Ford SUV. The vehicle was on its roof in a dirt patch just west of the freeway and there was a female laying next to it unresponsive.

The vehicle had a total of six occupants. Its driver, Luis Rodriguez, 35, of Merced, suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital after being extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. Its front seat passenger, the wife of Rodriguez, Eva Mendoza, 31, of Merced, suffered major injuries which she succumbed to prior to responders’ arrival. She was the unresponsive female who was found laying on the ground next to the vehicle. The vehicle had an additional four occupants, ages 3, 2, 1, and 6 months, who were Rodriguez’s and Mendoza’s children. They were all uninjured but were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals as precautionary measures.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle had just passed the W Monte Vista Ave exit while traveling southbound on State Route 99 when Rodriguez lost control of it and it veered off of the freeway. When this happened, the vehicle collided with a chain linked fence, overturned, and landed on its roof, ejecting Mendoza and making her hit the ground in the process. Officers also determined that Rodriguez and Mendoza were not wearing seatbelts, while their kids were, and that Rodriguez was under the influence of alcohol.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Rodriguez was arrested however later released to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated causing injuries.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Juan Nava at 209-545-7440.

Man arrested after leading police on short high speed pursuit early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, at 12:30 am, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of West Ave N and Florence St on-viewed a vehicle traveling westbound on Florence St at high rates of speed. The officer caught up to the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop on it when its driver, later identified as Laurence Lucas, 42, of Turlock, took off.

Lucas led the officer southbound on N Soderquist Rd before turning eastbound onto Vermont Ave and leg-bailing from the vehicle near Sunnyside Dr. The officer chased Lucas for a short while on foot before he decided to surrender.

When Lucas leg bailed from the vehicle, he had left it in gear and as a result, it had struck a parked vehicle.

Speeds during the pursuit reached about 70 miles per hour.

Lucas was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, resisting a peace officer, hit and run with property damage, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drunk driver arrested after rear-ending vehicle at high rates of speed and attempting to flee Sunday night

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 8:18 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and W Zeering Rd, Turlock.

While crews were responding to the scene, information was received that one of the involved vehicles had rolled over, landed back on its wheels, and taken off westbound.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle at the scene of the collision, which was a white Chevrolet pickup truck. Simultaneously, an officer responding to the scene noticed a white Infiniti coupe with obvious signs that it had just been involved in a collision traveling westbound on W Christofferson Pkwy just west of Crowell Rd. That officer stopped the vehicle and confirmed that it was also involved.

The driver and only occupant of the white Chevrolet pickup truck did not suffer any injuries. The driver and only occupant of the white Infiniti coupe, Oscar Jimenez, 20, of Turlock, suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

The white Chevrolet pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The white Infiniti coupe sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that both vehicles had just passed Crowell Rd while traveling eastbound on W Christofferson Pkwy, when the white Infiniti coupe rear-ended the white Chevrolet pickup truck at high rates of speed. Officers determined that the white Infiniti coupe then took off westbound on W Christofferson Pkwy before it was stopped. The witness reports that the white Infiniti coupe had rolled over were unable to be verified.

While investigating, officers noticed that Jimenez was exhibiting signs of intoxication, so they began conducting standardized field sobriety tests. Based on the results of the tests, officers determined that Jimenez was indeed intoxicated. Jimenez was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Petty theft upgraded to robbery after thieves strike employee with vehicle Sunday evening

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 6:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at Smart & Final Extra!, 651 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they met with the victim who told them that three black female adults had stolen merchandise from the store and struck him with their vehicle while attempting to flee.

Other officers checked the area for the vehicle and three suspects, but were unable to locate them.

American Medical Response checked out the victim who suffered minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital.

When the suspects left the store with the merchandise that they didn’t pay for, they committed petty theft, a misdemeanor, but when they struck the employee with their vehicle in the process, they upgraded it to robbery, a felony.

The investigation remains on-going.

Man suffers major injuries in Thursday night hit and run

On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at 10:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Glenwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found no vehicles involved, but a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle laying unconscious in the middle of the road. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. Two firefighters accompanied the ambulance crew to the hospital to provide extra manpower.

A few minutes later, a witness who had seen the collision called dispatch and reported that she had followed the involved vehicle to the parking lot of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 2602 S Walnut Rd, Turlock. Officers responded there and met with the witness, who pointed out a gold Toyota minivan with visible damage to it, consistent with striking a pedestrian and other fixed objects.

The witness reported that its driver had taken off on foot in the field adjacent to the parking lot. Officers set up a perimeter surrounding the field and immediate surrounding area, and the California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office were requested to respond to assist with searching.

Other officers and deputies arrived on scene arrived on scene, including the sheriff’s office’s airship and a deputy with a canine, and they began searching the field and immediate surrounding area. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to locate anyone.

The gold Toyota minivan was towed away from the scene and taken to the Turlock Police Department to be used as evidence in the crime.

A few hours later, at 3:00 am, a juvenile male showed up at the Turlock Police Department claiming to be the driver of the involved vehicle and wanting to comply. A statement was taken from him and he was later released. Charges may later be brought against him as the investigation progresses.

As of the time of writing this, the victim is in critical but stable condition, and he underwent surgery earlier.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Child injured in vehicle collision Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, September 19th, 2021, at 3:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of East Ave and S Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a silver Nissan pickup truck and the other was a black Cadillac sedan.

The silver Nissan pickup truck had three occupants, including a five-year old girl. Original reports were that the five-year old girl was pinned inside the vehicle, however, she was found out when crews arrived. She suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The other two occupants in the vehicle suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported. The black Cadillac sedan only had one occupant, the driver, and he did not suffer any injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Man dead after crashing head-on while attempting to pass Thursday morning

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 6:32 am, the California Highway Patrol, Denair Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on Santa Fe Ave just south of E Monte Vista Ave, Denair.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a Subaru SUV, one was a Toyota sedan, and the other was a Nissan SUV.

The driver of the Subaru SUV, Kenneth Williams, 63, of Modesto, who was its only occupant, suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Toyota sedan, Trinidad Magana, 62, of Hughson, who was its only occupant, was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a local hospital with major injuries. The driver of the Nissan SUV, Ricardo Gallegos, 48, of Modesto, who was its only occupant, was uninjured.

Officers began their investigation and determined that Williams was traveling northbound, while Magana was traveling southbound with Gallegos right behind him. Williams attempted to pass a vehicle that was in front of him by crossing into the southbound lane, when he collided head-on with Magana. The collision then pushed Magana’s vehicle back and caused it to collide with the front of Gallegos’ vehicle.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in this collision. All vehicles involved sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, which required them to be towed away from the scene.

Santa Fe Ave was temporarily closed between E Monte Vista Avenue and N Vincent Rd while officers were on scene investigating.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists when safe to do so. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example. The California Highway Patrol would also like to remind all motorists that the speed limit on a two-lane undivided highway is 55 miles per hour, unless otherwise indicated.

Turlock Police officer comforts distraught woman after colliding with pedestrian Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 1:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Thor St and E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, which was a black Lincoln SUV.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were both uninjured. The vehicle had collided with a pedestrian, who suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained no damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, an elderly Assyrian woman, did not know much about the legal system and thought that she was going to go to jail for striking the pedestrian. Because of this, she was very distraught and couldn’t stop crying. Officer Paul Heppner, an 18-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department, who has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career, assured her that that wouldn’t happen and comforted her by hugging her for over a minute and speaking to her.

A photo of Heppner hugging the woman was shared in the Turlock Police Scanner Facebook group, which gained almost a thousand reactions and 159 comments in just under a day. One of the commenters, a former officer with the Turlock Police Department stated, “Heppner is one of a kind. We need more Heppner in this world.” Another commenter stated, “He is truly an amazing person. I still remember he comforted my son when he started crying because his stuff got stolen after a break in at our home. It’s been over 10 years since then. Glad to see he hasn’t changed.”

Man causes three vehicle collision, victim arrested for warrants Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 6:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Fulkerth Rd and N Tully Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a gray Chevrolet sedan, one was a silver Nissan sedan, and the other was a gray Subaru SUV.

The gray Chevrolet sedan’s driver, who was its only occupant, suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. The silver Nissan sedan’s driver and passenger, and the gray Subaru SUV’s driver, who was its only occupant, were all uninjured.

All three vehicles sustained minor injuries and were able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the silver Nissan sedan and the gray Subaru SUV were both stopped at the red light westbound on Fulkerth Rd at N Tully Rd, with the gray Subaru SUV being in the front and the silver Nissan sedan being in the back, when the gray Chevrolet sedan that was also westbound approached the intersection, rear-ended the silver Nissan sedan, and pushed it into the rear of the gray Subaru SUV.

When officers conducted a warrants check on the driver of the silver Nissan sedan, Angelica Perez, 38, of Turlock, she came back with two misdemeanor no-bail warrants out of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office for violating the terms of her release on their Alternate Work Program.

Perez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her two warrants.

Man falls off motorcycle while riding Sunday evening

On Sunday, September 12th, 2021, at 7:28 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in front of Fabiolous Auto Body, 4480 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, which was a gray Yamaha motorcycle. Its rider, who was its only occupant, sustained minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

Witnesses reported that they had seen the motorcyclist traveling northbound on N Golden State Blvd when for an unknown reason, he fell off his bike and hit the asphalt.

The motorcycle sustained minor damage and was towed away from the scene.

Second collision occurs at same intersection within two weeks Sunday night

On Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at 10:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and Crowell Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Hyundai sedan and the other was a red Hyundai sedan. The red Hyundai sedan was flipped and on its roof. Its driver, who was its only occupant, sustained minor injuries and refused to be transported. The driver of the gray Hyundai sedan, who was also its only occupant, did not sustain any injuries.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision. They were both towed away.

This is the second collision at this intersection within the two weeks.

Two suffer major injuries in Wednesday afternoon vehicle collision

On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at 1:49 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in front of Crane Terrace Apartments, 1318 E Canal Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a blue Ford muscle car, another was a gray Toyota sedan, and the last was a silver Toyota pickup truck. The driver of the blue Ford muscle car, a 68-year old male, was ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the ground. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. The passenger of the blue Ford muscle car, a 52-year old female, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by fire personnel. Once she was extricated, she was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. The other two vehicles were parked and unoccupied.

Officers began their investigation and determined that the blue Ford muscle car was traveling eastbound on E Canal Dr approaching Bell St at a high rate of speed, when for an unknown reason, it struck the right rear of the gray Toyota sedan which was parked on the left side of the road. It then struck a tree, which pushed it into a silver Toyota pickup truck where it came to final rest.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Two students returning from Volleyball game injured in vehicle collision Thursday night

On Thursday, August 26th, 2021, at 9:05 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and Crowell Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, which was a silver Ram pickup truck. The vehicle had at least two occupants, but possibly three. Of the two confirmed occupants, one suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported while the other suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. If there was a third occupant, their extent of injuries remains unknown, however, they refused to be transported.

The two were both juveniles and were returning home from a Volleyball game at Pitman High School when the collision occurred. Their principal, Angela Freeman, as well as the school district’s Director of Student Services, Gil Ogden, were also returning home from the game when they came across the collision scene prior to responders’ arrival and stopped to help.

City crews responded to verify the integrity of the pole and its electrical components.

The involved vehicle sustained major damage and had to be towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman crashes into tree Saturday evening

On Saturday, August 14th, 2021, at 5:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Dels Ln and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved that had crashed into a tree just south of the intersection. That vehicle was a silver Nissan compact sedan. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was uninjured. The vehicle was towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman crashes into concrete wall Saturday night

On Saturday, August 14th, 2021, at 10:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of Sunbird Dr and Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they a located single vehicle involved that had crashed into a concrete wall on the northeast corner of the intersection. That vehicle was a gray Mazda sedan and all of its occupants were uninjured. The reporting party had told dispatch that she believed that the driver was intoxicated, however, officers later determined that she was not. The vehicle was towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Horse rider and horse killed by distracted driver Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, at 9:05 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Harding Rd and Youngstown Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved that had struck a horse being ridden by a subject. The vehicle was a Chevrolet pickup. Its driver, later identified as Isaac Leal, 27, of Delhi, was uninjured. The horse rider, later identified as Summer Vigil-Gardner, 19, of Turlock, was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The horse was immediately killed in the collision.

Officers began investigating and determined that Leal was traveling northbound on Youngstown Rd approaching E Harding Rd which is a sweeping left turn, while Vigil-Gardner was traveling westbound on E Harding Rd approaching Youngstown Rd on the right edge of the road. Leal admitted to looking down for a few seconds to grab something and when he looked up, he saw Vigil-Gardner directly in front of him. He immediately made a hard left turn, which caused the pickup truck to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation caused the right side of the pickup truck to collide with Vigil-Gardner, ejecting her from the horse and throwing her onto the ground.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists that at 50 miles per hour, your vehicle is capable of traveling half the length of a football field in just a matter of two seconds. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind focused at all times. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.

Woman nearly dead after having medical episode while driving Monday afternoon

On Monday, August 9th, 2021, at 2:52 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2700 block of E Canal Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a beige Ford compact SUV and the other was a gray Toyota pickup truck. Crews found that the driver of the beige SUV was having a seizure, unresponsive and had shallow breathing, thus CPR was started after the seizing completed. Crews were able to regain her pulses and she was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with minor injuries. The gray Toyota was unoccupied and parked on the side of the road.

Officers began their investigation and determined that the beige Ford was traveling northbound on N Daubenberger Rd approaching E Canal Dr, when its driver had a seizure and the vehicle veered into the southbound lane. The vehicle then struck the rear of the gray Toyota before coming to rest in the front yard of a home in the 2700 block of E Canal Dr when colliding with a planter.

Seven injured in Tuesday evening vehicle collision

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at 5:51 pm, the Turlock Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and southbound State Route 99, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located five vehicles involved in the collision and seven patients with injuries. All patients suffered minor to moderate injuries and at least three of them were ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

At the time of writing this, it is unknown how the collision occurred.

Semi truck struck by train Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, at 3:40 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of S Golden State Blvd and S Daubenberger Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a semi truck and the other was a train. No one suffered any injuries.

The California Highway Patrol began its investigation and determined that the semi truck, being driven by Jose Dominguez Jr., 36, of Los Angeles, was carrying organic milk and traveling westbound on S Daubenberger Rd crossing over the railroad tracks when its trailer became high-centered on the tracks. Dominguez exited his semi truck and his trailer was struck by a northbound Union Pacific freight train shortly later. The trailer was sheared in half.

Motorcyclist injured in Sunday evening vehicle collision

On Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at 6:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and Rosewood Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a motorcycle and the other was an SUV. The motorcyclist suffered major injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response. The driver and passengers of the SUV were either uninjured or had minor injuries and refused to be transported.

The Turlock Police Department began its investigation and determined that the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Lander Ave approaching Rosewood Dr while the SUV was traveling westbound on Rosewood Dr approaching Lander Ave. For an unknown reason, the SUV either failed to stop at the stop sign or pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, causing him to collide with its rear passenger-side door. The motorcyclist was then thrown over his handlebars and fell on his back in the road.

Four injured in Sunday evening vehicle collision

On Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at 7:03 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of West Ave S and High St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a sedan and the other was a pickup truck. There were a total of four patients, all of whom suffered minor injuries. One of the patients was stuck and had to be extricated. At least two patients were ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

Witnesses reported that the sedan was traveling northbound on West Ave S approaching High St and that the pickup truck was traveling westbound on High St approaching West Ave S, when for an unknown reason, the pickup truck either failed to stop at the stop sign or pulled out in front of the sedan, causing the collision.

Man killed in freeway hit and run early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at 2:54 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on southbound State Route 99 just north of W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a male, later identified as Thomas Paul Kelly Jr., 27, of Delhi, laying in the fast lane with no involved vehicle around. Crews checked on Kelly and immediately pronounced him deceased.

The California Highway Patrol began its investigation and determined that an unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on State Route 99 just north of W Main St in the fast lane when its front bumper collided with Kelly, who was walking in the fast lane, at an unknown speed. Kelly was knocked down to the ground and immediately killed. The vehicle then continued southbound without stopping.

It is currently unknown if alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision. The vehicle should have front end damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Anthony Bond at 209-545-7440.

Woman dead after colliding with semi truck Friday morning

On Friday, July 30th, 2021, at 6:18 am, the California Highway Patrol, Hughson Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Denair Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Keyes Rd and Mountain View Rd, Hughson.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a 2009 Toyota sedan and the other was a 2015 Mack semi truck. Crews immediately declared the driver of the Toyota, later identified as Sukhjit Dhaliwal, 56, of Turlock, deceased. Her passenger, later identified as Avtar Thiara, 58, of Turlock, sustained minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The driver of the Mack, later identified as Larry Pearson, 65, of Atwater, sustained moderate injuries and was also ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The California Highway Patrol began their investigation and determined that Dhaliwal was driving southbound on Mountain View Rd approaching E Keyes Rd when for an unknown reason, she pulled out in front of Pearson as he was driving westbound on E Keyes Rd approaching Mountain View Rd. Pearson attempted to avoid the collision by swerving to the left, however, he was unable to and the two vehicles collided. The Mack struck the left side of the Toyota causing it to leave the roadway in a northwesterly direction while the Mack left the roadway in a southwesterly collision, rolled over onto its right side, and struck an almond tree.

E Keyes Rd was temporarily closed during the investigation. A detour was put in place with minimal delay to the motoring public. The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists to constantly be aware of their surroundings and obey all traffic signage. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.

Man killed by delivery van backing into loading dock Thursday morning

On Thursday, July 29th, 2021, at 10:37 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries behind Ace Hardware, 3051 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene, they located a man, later identified as Alan Cole, 44, of Turlock, on the ground unconscious at the loading dock behind the business. He had been run over by a delivery van backing into the loading dock. Police say that Cole was believed to be sleeping when the collision occurred.

Firefighters and paramedics provided medical aid to Cole before he was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response. Later at the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the delivery van remained on scene and was cooperative with police. Alcohol, drugs, or speed do not appear to be a factor in the collision. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Frank Neves at 209-668-5550 extension 6707.

Man arrested Sunday afternoon after causing $100,000 in damage to new car wash

On Sunday, July 18th, 2021, at approximately 1:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a vandalism that had just occurred at the Chevron located at 100 E Glenwood Ave.

When officers arrived on scene and began investigating, they discovered that an unknown male subject, later identified as Byron Zappelli, 44, of Ceres, had arrived at the gas station and entered their brand new closed car wash after going around the barricades they had set up. Staff attempted to stop Zappelli and even offered to help him reverse his vehicle out of the car wash, however, he refused. Zappelli then made a u-turn while in the car wash and floored it out of there. In doing so, he struck a gas box, several poles, various equipment, and the building itsself, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages.

While officers were speaking to witnesses, dispatch received a call of a dangerous driver matching the description of the suspect vehicle following a female in another vehicle eastbound on W Monte Vista Ave from N Tegner Rd. Officers were able to intercept them at N Berkeley Ave and E Tuolumne Rd where they made a traffic stop. After positively identifying the driver of the stopped vehicle as their suspect from the gas station incident, officers placed Zappelli under arrest for vandalism over $400.

Byron Zappeli

Motorcyclist killed Friday morning after plowing into the back of a truck

On Friday, July 9th, 2021, at approximately 8:55 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving a motorcycle in front of Foster Farms located at 4002 W Main St. Officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

Officers arrived on scene a couple minutes later to find a motorcycle and tractor trailer involved in a collision, with the motorcyclist, later identified as Nicholas Hays, 34, of Turlock, showing obvious signs of death and the driver of the tractor trailer suffering no injuries. When fire crews arrived on scene, they later confirmed that Hays was indeed deceased and that life saving efforts would have zero effect.

Officers began investigating and determined that both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when for an unknown reason, the Hays rode into the back of the tractor trailer. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved in the collision, however, speed definitely was. The roadway was closed for several hours while officers investigated the incident.

Officers have yet to receive any statements from uninvolved witnesses and the investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Michael Simbalenko at 209-668-6523 or by email at MSimbalenko@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Man suffers major injuries after being struck by hit and run driver Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, at approximately 9:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury hit and run at Bonita Ave and E Olive Ave. Officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

The first officer on scene discovered a pedestrian down in the roadway with serious injuries. Fire and medical crews arrived on scene shortly after and transported the pedestrian to a local area hospital with major injuries. Officers began investigating and determined that the pedestrian was walking down Bonita Ave lawfully crossing E Olive Ave in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle, that then failed to stop and drove off.

While investigating, the hit and run driver’s spouse arrived on scene after discovering what had happened and gave officers her husband’s information and where the involved vehicle was. Officers responded to that location, which was in the 900 block of Pioneer Ave, and did indeed find the involved vehicle. It was towed away to be used as evidence in the crime. Officers are still searching for the driver.

Man dies after driving off of freeway early Friday morning

On Friday, June 18th, 2021, at approximately 5:30 am, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision southbound State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd. The caller reported that they had located a vehicle on its roof in an orchard just west of the freeway that appeared to have driven off the freeway. California Highway Patrol officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a Ford sedan rolled over on its roof in an orchard with one patient trapped. Upon freeing that patient, he was immediately declared deceased. His identity is currently not being released, pending next of kin notification, however, we do know that he is a 40 year old male of Dinuba.

The California Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the vehicle was traveling southbound on State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd, when for an unknown reason, he allowed his vehicle to veer to the right, leaving the west edge of the road. The vehicle continued in a southwesterly direction, entered a dirt ditch, and traveled through a barbed wire fence. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its roof.

The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol, drugs, or speeds were a contributing factor in the collision. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Brandon Whittemore at 209-545-7440 or by email at BWhittemore@chp.ca.gov.

Drunk driver arrested after fleeing from collision scene Friday evening

On Friday, June 11th, 2021, at approximately 5:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a property damage vehicle collision that had just occurred at the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and N Daubenberger Rd. The caller reported that he was broadsided by a vehicle being driven by a female, later identified as Leticia Ferreyra, 38, of Stockton, and that she had failed to stop. Witnesses attempted to block Ferreyra in, however, they were unsuccessful in their efforts and she was able to escape.

Multiple witnesses followed Ferreyra to Geer Rd and E Whitmore Ave in unincorporated Hughson, where her vehicle became disabled and caught fire. Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Ferreyra and detained her until the Turlock Police Department could respond and take over the scene, and the Hughson Fire Protection District responded to put out the fire.

When Turlock Police officers arrived in Hughson, they asked Ferreyra to conduct field sobriety tests and provide a sample of her breathe because she was displaying symptoms of intoxication. Ferreyra refused to conduct the tests, so she was placed under arrest. Ferreyra was transported to a local area hospital to provide a blood sample, which she also refused. An on-call judge authorized a search warrant for her blood. After her blood was obtained, she was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence, hit and run causing property damage, and driving with a suspended license.

Leticia Ferreyra

Woman failing to yield the right of way causes multi-vehicle collision Monday night

On Monday, June 7th, 2021, at approximately 8:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision that just occurred at the Firehouse Cannabis Dispensary located at 1601 W Main St. Officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a total of four vehicles involved. Their investigation revealed that the driver of a white Honda Civic was travelling eastbound on W Main St making a northbound turn into the parking lot, when she failed to yield the right of way to a westbound blue Dodge Charger. That collision caused the Charger to go northbound over the sidewalk into the parking lot and strike two additional parked vehicles.

In total, there were five people involved in the collision, two of which sustained minor injuries. They were transported to a local area hospital by American Medical Response.

Wrong way driver killed in fiery Tuesday night crash, others injured

On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, at approximately 10:35 pm, the California Highway Patrol began receiving multiple calls reporting a wrong way driver in a red Ford Focus travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of State Route 99 north of Lander Ave.

When officers arrived in the area, they located the vehicle stopped in the center median of southbound State Route 99 facing northbound just under the W Linwood Ave overpass. Officers approached the vehicle and noticed that the engine was running, the headlights were on, the transmission was in drive, and the driver was slumped over behind the wheel. Officers also noticed several empty beer bottles on the floorboard. Officers made several attempts to wake up the driver before he suddenly woke up and accelerated forward, failing to obey the orders of the officers to stop. The vehicle struck the front of the patrol vehicle before continuing to drive northbound in the southbound lanes.

About three minutes later, the vehicle was involved in a fiery head-on crash with gray Chevrolet Silverado just underneath the W Canal Dr overpass. California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene immediately after the crash happened and requested assistance from the Turlock Police Department. American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were also dispatched.

When crews arrived on scene, they declared the wrong-way driver deceased after extricating him from the vehicle. He was identified as Marvin Hernandez, 44, of Daly City. The driver of the vehicle Hernandez struck, Luis Torres-Perez, 21, of Delhi, and his passenger, Emily Garcia, 20, of Turlock, both survived the crash and are expected to make it. Torres-Perez was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries and Garcia was transported to a local area hospital with major injuries.

The southbound lanes of State Route 99 were closed for several hours to conduct the investigation. Alcohol is suspected to be the primary collision factor.

Drunk driver collides into vehicles while exiting freeway Friday night

On Friday, May 28th, 2021, at approximately 10:35 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an unknown injury vehicle collision at Fulkerth Rd and State Route 99. Officers were dispatched.

When officers arrived, they found a total of four vehicles involved, all in different locations. All involved suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The driver of one vehicle, however, Elizabeth Neely, 57, of Turlock, was stuck in her vehicle and needed to be extricated. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34 were dispatched along with American Medical Response.

After Neely was extricated, officers began their investigation. Their investigation revealed that Neely was exiting southbound State Route 99 at Fulkerth Rd when she passed multiple vehicles on the right and then collided into a vehicle in the intersection. It further revealed that she continued westbound on Fulkerth Rd where she collided with another vehicle before proceeding to drive for approximately 125 yards until she lost control and veered to the right, travelling northbound over the sidewalk. Her vehicle then came to a stop as it collided with a tree and a new Ram pickup at the dealership in the area.

Neely was placed under arrest and had to be transported by ambulance to a local area hospital to receive medical clearance prior to being booked into jail. Once Neely was cleared, she was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on a charge of driving under the influence causing injury.

Elizabeth Neely

Turlock Police officer involved in collision Friday evening

On Friday, May 28th, 2021, at approximately 6:35 pm, a Turlock Police officer driving northbound on N Olive Ave was broadsided by a vehicle exiting the parking lot of Birchwood Apartments located at 1000 N Olive Ave.

The involved officer, Officer Sarah Arroyo, did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision. The other driver also didn’t suffer any injuries, neither did her two juvenile passengers, however, they were checked out by American Medical Response as a precaution. The involved police vehicle was towed away to the city’s corporation yard by Turlock City Tow and the other vehicle was able to be driven way. The driver that was exiting the parking lot was at fault.

Saturday evening pursuit leads to fiery crash, driver arrested

On Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, at approximately 7:20 pm, a Turlock Police officer on patrol in the area of Spruce St and South Ave attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation of the California Vehicle Code when the driver, later identified as Edgar Madrigal, 20, of Turlock, began fleeing from him.

Madrigal went westbound on South Ave and eventually crashed into the embankment where South Ave turns into S Tully Rd. The crash caused the grass to set on fire, which later set the vehicle on fire, however, Madrigal was able to successfully escape the vehicle before that point. Madrigal was taken into custody without further incident and after receiving medical clearance from a local area hospital, was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on a single charge of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety.

The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34 were dispatched to put out the fire and the California Highway Patrol was requested for traffic control on the freeway due to the fire’s proximity to it. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished without causing any further damage or injuries.

Edgar Madrigal

Man arrested after fatal early Monday morning hit and run collision

On Monday, May 3rd, 2021, at approximately 12:35 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury hit and run vehicle collision in front of Turlock Auto Parts located at 430 Lander Ave where a pickup truck had struck a bicycle and fled the scene. Officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

While officers were responding to the scene, a caller reported that they were following the pickup westbound on Fulkerth Rd leaving town at high rates of speed. That caller continued to follow the pickup northbound on Crows Landing Rd until it rolled over near W Taylor Rd. The caller then reported that the driver leg bailed through a field in the area. Officers saturated the area and set up a perimeter but were unable to locate him.

Meanwhile, back at the original scene, the bicyclist, who was later identified as Juan Moralez, 50, of Turlock, was down on the ground not breathing. Paramedics and firefighters attempted to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. He was pronounced deceased upon arrival at a local area hospital.

Throughout the course of the investigation, officers were able to identify the driver of the pickup as Francisco Javier Castellon-Gonzalez, 22, of Modesto. Castellon-Gonzalez was contacted and agreed to go to the Police Department for an interview. After the interview, Castellon-Gonzalez was placed under arrest and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of hit and run causing injury and vehicular manslaughter.

The preliminary investigation was a coordinated effort that lasted over 18 hours with members of the Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team, Special Investigations Unit, and Investigations Unit.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399 or by email at RFortado@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Francisco Javier Castellon-Gonzalez

Man arrested after early Friday morning robbery and hit and run

On Friday, April 23rd, 2021, at approximately 3:15 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Circle K located at 1600 W Main St. The caller reported that they were robbed of money at gunpoint by a subject who had then fled northbound onto the freeway in a silver Toyota sedan that was waiting nearby.

Officers saturated the area within minutes to begin searching for the suspect when they came across a bumper belonging to a silver vehicle near the freeway onramp. Witnesses told officers that a vehicle that was speeding away from the Circle K collided with another vehicle and fled onto the freeway. The vehicle that the silver sedan had collided with also fled. Officers quickly realized that the bumper belonged to their suspect vehicle from the robbery and used the license plate that was on the bumper to identify the suspect vehicle.

Later that morning at approximately 6:20 am, Stanislaus County Sheriff deputies located the suspect vehicle in Modesto and made a traffic stop. They contacted a female driver in it who had to be transported to a local area hospital for unrelated reasons. Turlock Police detectives responded to the traffic stop and seized the vehicle to be used as evidence in the investigation. The female who was driving the vehicle at that time was later interviewed by Turlock Police detectives.

After a bit of investigating, detectives were able to positively identify their suspect as Enrique Aaron Reyes, 32, of Turlock. Detectives were able to obtain a Ramey warrant for Reyes which they later served that week at a location in the 1300 block of N Golden State Blvd where they believed Reyes was staying at. Reyes was located during the warrant service and was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and violation of probation.

Enrique Aaron Reyes

Man killed in Monday afternoon Kubota utility vehicle collision

On Monday, April 12th, 2021, at approximately 1:50 pm, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving a Kubota utility vehicle and Ram pickup on N Washington Rd just north of W Taylor Rd. California Highway Patrol officers responded along with the Keyes Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response.

American Medical Response arrived on scene first a few minutes after being dispatched and immediately pronounced the driver of the Kubota deceased. He was identified as Daniel Hernandez, 50, of Gustine.

The California Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the Ram was travelling southbound on N Washington Rd approaching W Taylor Rd when he rear-ended the Kubota causing the driver to be ejected and the vehicle overturned into an adjacent orchard. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the collision.

The driver of the Ram, Eric Mays, 30, of Turlock, suffered minor injuries but declined medical aid. He was cooperative with officers and told them he was traveling approximately 35 miles per hour when the collision occurred.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Modesto office of the California Highway Patrol at 209-545-7440.

Man crashes into home after having medical episode Friday afternoon

On Friday, April 9th, 2021, at approximately 1:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision in the 1400 block of Burman Dr. The Turlock Police Department responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 33.

Fire crews arrived on scene a few minutes later and began rendering medical aid to the driver as well as checking the home’s stabilization. The driver stated that he was driving and the next thing he knew was he woke up to his truck crashed into a home. Once an ambulance arrived, the driver was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. A building inspector responded to assist in determining the structure’s stability. It was determined that it was stable and its residents would be able to stay in it while repairs are being made.

The Turlock Police Department began their investigation and checked for any surveillance cameras in the area which could have possibly captured the collision or the moments leading up to it. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761 or by email at MMarquez@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Firefighters extricate collision victim Thursday evening

On Thursday, April 8th, 2021, at approximately 8:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision at N Golden State Blvd and East Ave. Officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

The first officer on scene reported two vehicles involved with two occupants still in one of the vehicles. The driver was able to get out but the passenger was not. Fire crews arrived on scene shortly after and began extricating the pinned passenger. Once the pinned passenger was extricated, herself and the driver were both transported to a local area hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate to major damage and had to be towed away from the scene. The roadway was cleared approximately an hour later.

Man escapes injury in Monday night rollover collision with wires down

On Monday, April 5th, 2021, at approximately 9:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a rollover injury vehicle collision at Fulkerth Rd and N Washington Rd. Turlock Police officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

The first arriving units found a pickup truck on its side with its driver, who was the only occupant, sitting on top to avoid electrocution due to hitting a power pole and some wires. The Turlock Irrigation District responded and secured the power which made it safe for the driver to get off of his vehicle. Once off, he was checked out and had no injuries.

The collision caused a power outage in the area. The roadway was blocked for an extended period of time to allow for Turlock Irrigation District crews to work on fixing the power lines and restoring power. It’s unknown at this point how the collision occurred or if speed, alcohol, or drugs were a factor.

Police officer struck by vehicle making unsafe turn Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, at approximately 4:30 pm, a Turlock Police officer was traveling eastbound on W Canal Dr approaching N Broadway when another vehicle that was travelling westbound on W Canal Dr made a left turn directly in front of the officer’s vehicle causing a collision. Other officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Other officers, firefighters, and paramedics arrived on scene shortly after and began assessing the scene. The involved officer, Officer Amaranta Jimenez, complained of hip pain and was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital, where she was later released. The driver of the other vehicle also had a complaint of pain but refused medical aid.

Navy serviceman killed in vehicle collision early Sunday morning

On Sunday, March 28th, 2021, at approximately 12:20 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision next to America’s Tire located at 3500 W Monte Vista Ave. Officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34. The caller reported that a single vehicle had collided into a fire hydrant and irrigation box next to the business.

The first officer who arrived on scene located three occupants in the vehicle including a backseat passenger who was pinned and needed to be extricated. The Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response arrived on scene shortly after and began extrication on the pinned passenger as well as life saving efforts on the other two occupants.

All occupants of the vehicle were transported to a local area hospital by ambulance where unfortunately, the driver, who was identified as William Shawn Pizarro, 19, of Newman, who was also a Aviation Machinist Mate in the Navy, succumbed to his injuries. The other two occupants, a 20-year old male and an 18-year old male suffered moderate non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation revealed that speed was a factor in the collision, but alcohol nor drugs were not.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399 or by email at RFortado@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Man killed after being struck by vehicle Monday morning

On Monday, March 15th, 2021, at approximately 6:50 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving a pedestrian at W Monte Vista Ave and Dels Ln. The Turlock Police Department responded along with the Stanislaus State Police Department, American Medical Response, and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

The first arriving officer found an unresponsive 27 year old male with major injuries laying in the roadway. He and an off-duty firefighter began doing CPR until relieved by the first arriving fire unit. Once an ambulance arrived, the victim was immediately loaded onto it and transported to a local area hospital where he was later unfortunately pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Anthony Eric Gonzales, 27, of Merced.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him, a 41 year old female of Denair in a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe stayed on scene and was cooperative throughout the course of the investigation. At this point, alcohol, drugs, nor speed do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761 or by email at MMarquez@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Bicyclist killed in Saturday evening hit and run collision

On Saturday, March 6th, 2021, at approximately 7:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a hit and run injury vehicle collision involving a bicycle on N Front St just north of Almond Ave. Turlock Police officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

The first arriving officer located a male unconscious in the roadway with a major head injury. Paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene shortly after and began patient care. The victim was loaded onto an ambulance and transported to a local area hospital by American Medical Response accompanied by two Turlock Firefighters.

Officers began their investigation and speaking to witnesses. Witnesses reported that a dark gray 2014-2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 struck the bicyclist and then fled the scene. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate a matching vehicle.

Later at the hospital, the victim, who was identified as Johnny Romo, 44, of Turlock, succumbed to his injuries. Officers are asking for your help in locating the suspect vehicle. It should be missing a passenger side mirror and turn signal and could possibly be at an auto body repair shop.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399 or by email at RFortado@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Elderly man killed in train collision Monday afternoon

On Monday, February 8th, 2021, at approximately 1:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received multiple calls reporting an injury vehicle collision at N Golden State Blvd and W Monte Vista Ave where a train had struck an SUV. Turlock Police officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a blue Subaru SUV with the driver laying unconscious on the floor next to his vehicle. Fire and medical units arrived on scene about a minute later and unfortunately pronounced the driver of the vehicle deceased. His identity is currently not being released, however, he was an 81 year old male of Turlock. This article will be updated once his name is released.

The Turlock Police Department’s preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was traveling southbound on N Golden State Blvd when he attempted to make a westbound turn onto W Monte Vista Ave at the intersection. While attempting to make that turn, he was struck by a northbound Union Pacific freight train approximately 1,500 feet in length. The train pushed the vehicle approximately 300 feet north of the intersection where it rolled on its side. The train made an emergency stop and came to rest approximately 2,000 feet north of the intersection near Roberts Rd.

The railroad’s crossing signals and arms were working properly at the time of the collision. A Union Pacific spokesperson said that the train’s crew did not sustain any injuries. The Union Pacific Police Department also responded to conduct their own investigation.

There were no roadway closures as a result of this collision and the scene was cleared at approximately 4:30 pm.

Man crashes stolen vehicle in police pursuit Tuesday night

On Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, at approximately 9:40 pm, a Turlock Police officer patrolling W Main St got a hit on his LoJack device alerting him of a stolen gray Toyota Tacoma in the area. He notified dispatch and other officers saturated the area within a minute to begin a search for the vehicle.

One of the officers checking the area noticed a vehicle matching the description in the area of W Main St and N Tully Rd. The officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, the driver failed to yield and a chase ensued. The driver got onto northbound State Route 99 and drove approximately 6 miles until crashing in the median near the Mitchell Ave exit. At points during the chase, speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.

The driver sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision and was rendered medical care before being booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer threatening public safety, possession of stolen property, driving while suspended, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He has been identified as Andrew Breckenridge, 29, of Atwater. In addition to the Turlock Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus State Police Department also assisted in the pursuit.

Andrew Breckenridge

Hit and run driver crashes during police pursuit Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, at approximately 2:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a hit and run collision that just occurred on the southbound State Route 99 off ramp at W Monte Vista Ave. The caller reported that he was hit by a white Chevrolet Silverado that stopped briefly but took off a short time later.

An officer responded to the scene to take the report while others checked the area for the suspect vehicle. An officer travelling southbound on State Route 99 near W Main St observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The officer attempted a traffic stop on it and the suspect originally yielded, however, took off after a few seconds. A pursuit ensued southbound on State Route 99 until the suspect exited on the Lander Ave off ramp and was involved in a single vehicle rollover collision.

Medical aid was rendered to the suspect by officers, who was identified as Jesus Marin, 26, of Merced until an ambulance could arrive. When the ambulance arrived, Marin was loaded on to it and transported to a local area hospital. Marin was released from the hospital a short time later. Marin currently has a warrant out of the Turlock Police Department for flight from a peace officer threatening public safety and driving under the influence.

Because both collisions occurred on freeway off ramps, the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate them. Throughout the course of their investigation for the first collision, they determined that Marin was in the far right turn lane of the southbound off ramp at W Monte Vista Ave in his 2011 Chevy pickup when he rear ended a 2016 Acura SUV being driven by Satnam Uppal, 58, of Turlock, stopped at the red light at the bottom of the ramp. Marin then exited the vehicle with his two 26-year old female passengers and reentered it alone a short time later. No one sustained any injuries from this collision.

For the second collision, the California Highway Patrol determined that Marin was in the far left turn lane of the southbound off ramp at Lander Ave in his 2011 Chevy pickup when he struck a concrete curb that caused him to overturn. Marin sustained a broken right leg and multiple minor lacerations throughout his body.

Man injured in rollover collision Saturday evening

On Saturday, December 26th, 2020, at approximately 6:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision on N Washington Rd in between Fulkerth Rd and W Main St. Turlock Police officers responded along with California Highway Patrol officers, American Medical Response, and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

When officers arrived, they found a vehicle rolled over in the northbound lane of N Washington Rd just south of the Canal. When they got out to investigate, they discovered that the occupant was still stuck in the vehicle. The fire department arrived shortly after and began working on extracting the driver, who was the only occupant. An air ambulance was requested due to his condition being unknown, however, later cancelled after he was removed from the vehicle. The driver was transported by American Medical Response to a local area hospital. His condition remains unknown.

Freeway crash injures man early Sunday morning

On Sunday, December 19th, 2020, at approximately 2:00 am, the California Highway Patrol Merced Communications Center received a call of an injury vehicle collision in the area of State Route 99 and W Main St. Modesto Area CHP officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

Squad 32 arrived approximately 5 minutes after dispatched. Captain 32 reported a single vehicle on its side in the grass directly underneath the overpass with one patient still inside. Captain 32 assumed command in the investigation mode.

It was discovered that the patient was entrapped in the vehicle. Crews on Squad 32 used stabilization struts and heavy extrication equipment to free the patient. After being freed, he was transported by American Medical Response to a local area hospital with moderate injuries.

The California Highway Patrol in a statement said that Leonel Dias, 24, of Ceres, was driving his 2001 GMC SUV northbound on State Route 99 approaching W Main St. For unknown reasons, Dias allowed his vehicle to leave the east edge of the roadway. The vehicle then struck the metal bridge rail, continued down an embankment, where it came to rest in the grass just north of W Main St underneath the overpass. The California Highway Patrol further stated that the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and drugs and/or alcohol did not play a role in the collision.

Drunk driver crashes into canal and power pole, causes power outage Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, December 19th, 2020, at approximately 1:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a vehicle collision with a vehicle into the canal across the street from the Taylor Veterinary Hospital located at 1231 W Taylor Rd. Turlock Police officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

Officers arrived on scene just before 1:15 pm and located the vehicle, a yellow 2001 Ford Mustang, into the waterless canal, with its driver out of the vehicle standing on the south side of the canal. Officers asked the driver to come onto their side, however, he failed to comply with their orders. Eventually, they were able to get him to their side and further question him.

Engine 34 arrived on scene a short time later. Captain 34 assumed command and put Engine 34 in the investigation mode. Captain 34 asked for Turlock Irrigation District to respond due to damage caused to a power pole that was struck which caused a power outage in the area. At the time of writing this, power has still not been restored. 1,039 TID customers in northwest Turlock are without power and power is expected to remain out until at least 8:00 pm. Crews are currently on scene making repairs.

The driver refused medical attention, so American Medical Response was cleared. The driver did however show signs of intoxication, so officers asked if he would be willing to participate in field sobriety tests, which he refused. He was at that point placed under arrest. He was transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto to provide a sample of his blood, which he refused, however, a search warrant for it was authored and approved by the on-call Superior Court judge. After a blood sample was obtained, he was transported to the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center where he was booked for driving under the influence and driving while suspended.

He has been identified as Gabriel Toledo, 32, of Modesto. Toledo is no stranger to getting in trouble and has a history of driving under the influence, driving while suspended, possession of a stolen vehicle, domestic violence, vandalism, and a bunch of other minor traffic violations. Toledo’s license is also currently suspended and he is on probation for driving under the influence.

Gabriel Toledo

Man crossing street struck and killed by vehicle

On Monday, November 30th, 2020, at approximately 5:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision in front of the Venice Motel located at 1114 N Golden State Blvd. Officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and located a 52-year old Hispanic male in the road that had suffered major injuries. Life saving measures were performed on scene by officers and paramedics. The patient was transported to a local area hospital by ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was notified and responded to the scene to handle the investigation. The investigation caused road closures for approximately five hours while investigators examined and collected evidence.

The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1994 Ford Van was travelling southbound on N Golden State Blvd when he struck the pedestrian who was walking westbound across the street. The driver remained on scene and was cooperative with police during their investigation. The department did have multiple recent contacts with the pedestrian where he was intoxicated, however, at this point, speed, alcohol, or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

The pedestrian has been identified by police as Lennie Hanslovan, 52, of Turlock.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Allen Samano at 209-668-5550 extension 6753 or by email at ASamano@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Drunk driver causes vehicle collision with kids in her vehicle

On Sunday, November 29th, 2020, at approximately 5:35 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury rollover three-vehicle collision in the intersection of S Golden State Blvd and Marshall St. Officers responded alongside American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 33. A deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was in the area when it occurred and also assisted.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and located the occupants of all three vehicles out of their vehicles and accounted for. Engine 31 arrived on scene a minute later. Captain 31 reported three vehicles involved, two of which were upright and one was on its side. Captain 31 assumed command and put Engine 31 in the investigation mode.

Firefighters and paramedics determined that there were only minor injuries and the units on scene could handle. Engine 33 was cancelled. Officers noticed signs of impairment from one of the drivers and asked if she, who was later identified as Aliyah Fragoso, 25, of Tracy, would participate in field sobriety tests, which she refused. She was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital by ambulance to be medically cleared. Officers asked if she would provide a sample of her blood, which she also refused. A search warrant for her blood was authored and submitted to a judge which was approved.

After being medically cleared and a sample of her blood being obtained, Fragoso was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence causing injury and child abuse causing injury, because she willingly and knowingly drove with two juveniles in her vehicle while intoxicated.

In addition to Fragoso, two other people were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Aliyah Fragoso

Child killed, multiple people injured in hit and run collision Sunday evening

On Sunday, November 8th, 2020, at approximately 5:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Lander Ave just north of E Linwood Ave. The Turlock Police Department responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

Officers, firefighters, and paramedics all arrived on scene within minutes to find two vehicles that had collided resulting in four people suffering minor injuries and an 11 year old female unconscious suffering major injuries. Officers also discovered that the driver of one of the vehicles had fled the scene on foot. The 11 year old female was immediately loaded onto the first ambulance to arrive on scene and transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The other four occupants were all loaded in to a second ambulance and also transported to a local hospital.

While officers were investigating this collision, they noticed a male down just south of their location. They went to him and he reported that he was sideswiped while riding his motorcycle and that the driver had failed to stop. An ambulance was requested for him and he was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. It was later determined that the vehicle that had hit him was the same one involved in the original collision that the driver had leg bailed from.

The vehicle that the male had leg bailed from was a gray Ford SUV. The other vehicle involved was a red Honda sedan. Both vehicles sustained moderate to major damage. The motorcycle involved was a Harley Davidson that had suffered moderate damage.

The Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was called out along with both Turlock and Modesto Police detectives to investigate the collision. The investigation caused roadway closures for nearly seven hours. Preliminary information shows that high speeds were a factor in these collisions. It is currently unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved.

The owner of the Ford SUV voluntarily went to the Turlock Police Department the following morning for an interview. He was identified as Josue Leyva, 25, of Turlock. After determining he was the driver of the vehicle at the time, he was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vehicular manslaughter and multiple counts of felony hit and run.

The investigation remains on going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Gregory Roton at 209-668-6536 or by email at GRoton@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Josue Leyva

Man killed in early morning freeway collision on Sunday

On Sunday, November 8th, 2020, at approximately 1:05 am, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision southbound State Route 99 just north of Gold Rd involving a sedan and a semi truck. The California Highway Patrol responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

Squad 32 arrived on scene at approximately 1:15 am, after the California Highway Patrol and American Medical Response. Captain 32 reported two vehicles involved with major damage to one. Captain 32 assumed command and put Squad 32 into the investigation mode. Fire crews were told by paramedics that there was a confirmed pin in and that they had already requested an air ambulance.

Fire crews worked to extricate the patient and when they successful got him out, found him not breathing and without a pulse. He was immediately declared deceased and the air ambulance was cancelled. Fire and medical crews both left at this time and left the California Highway Patrol to investigate.

During the preliminary investigation, California Highway Patrol Officers determined that the sedan, which was a gold Toyota Corolla, was travelling southbound in the #3 lane, at an unknown, but high rate of speed. They furthermore determined that the semi, which was a white Freightliner Cascadia, was travelling southbound in the #3 lane ahead of the sedan. The sedan then rear ended the semi causing major front end damage to it, instantly killing the driver.

The deceased’s name is currently not being released, pending family notification, however, was identified as a 25 year old male of Atwater. The semi was being driven by Brian Marie Moil, a 23 year old male of Lemoore. He did not sustain any injuries. It is currently unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

Drunk driver crashes into power pole, flees scene early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 25th, 2020, shortly after 12:10 am, the Turlock Police Department received multiple calls reporting a vehicle collision with a vehicle into a power pole in front of Joe Gomes & Sons located at 725 N Tully Rd.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a sheared off power pole with its lines dangling from it that and a wrecked Ford SUV without a driver in the field east of Joe Gomes & Sons. Multiple callers then reported sightings of the driver running northbound on N Tully Rd. Officers checked the area he was reported to be in, and located a subject matching his description at N Tully Rd and Cody Ct. Officers got out with that subject, who was later identified as Miguel Valencia, 22, of Turlock.

He denied involvement, however, evidence was located in the vehicle that indicated otherwise. He also showed signs that indicated he was intoxicated. Officers placed him under arrest and transported him to a local hospital to provide a sample of his blood to determine his level of intoxication. He refused to provide his blood, so a search warrant for was obtained for it from the on-call Superior Court judge. Once the results came back, it was determined he was over the legal limit. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence and hit and run.

Miguel Valencia

Child airlifted after collision on freeway early Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 29th, 2020, shortly before 12:40 am, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision southbound State Route 99 just north of Lander Ave. The California Highway Patrol responded as well as American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 34, and Fire 12.

Engine 31 arrived on scene shortly before 12:50 am, southbound State Route 99 just south of W Main St. Captain 31 reported one vehicle into a building. Captain 31 assumed command and put Engine 31 in the investigation mode. Other units also began arriving on scene a short time later. Two patients were already in the back of the ambulance upon the fire department’s arrival with minor injuries, however, a third patient was located. The patient was a young juvenile.

As a safety precaution, an air ambulance was requested to respond. CALSTAR was dispatched. Engine 34 had to leave to respond to another unrelated emergency medical call in district 1. Squad 32 and Fire 12 responded to the Turlock Airpark to setup a landing zone for the air ambulance. With the assistance of Captain 32, CALSTAR safely touched down shortly before 1:20 am. The juvenile patient was ground transported to the landing zone by American Medical Response where he was loaded on the air ambulance and safely took off at approximately 1:30 am.

There was no major damage done to the building. The status of all three individuals involved is unknown. Fire and medical units cleared at approximately 1:30 am. The California Highway Patrol remained on scene until their investigation was complete and the vehicle was towed away from the scene.

Child airlifted after being hit by vehicle Friday afternoon

On Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at approximately 3:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision where a child was hit in the parking lot of Pioneer North Apartments located at 1300 Pioneer Ave. The Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response responded, along with the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Fire 12.

The first to arrive was a Turlock Police unit shortly before 3:35 pm, followed by Engine 33. Captain 33 assumed command and put Engine 33 in the investigation mode. Paramedics assessed the victim and determined that they had injuries that required transport by air ambulance. One was requested and CALSTAR was dispatched.

CALSTAR arrived on scene and safely landed at a landing zone set up at Dutcher Middle School just before 4:00 pm. American Medical Response transported the victim to the landing zone where he was safely loaded onto the air ambulance and airlifted away from the scene to a medical center in the bay area. Fire and medical crews cleared the scene, but the Turlock Police Department remained on scene to gather statements and conduct an investigation. Once their investigation was complete, they also cleared from the scene.

Due to the age of the victim, no further information will be released.

Turlock Firefighters rescue trapped rollover victim early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 18th, 2020, at approximately 3:10 am, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision with a vehicle rolled over into a ditch northbound State Route 99 just south of Lander Ave. The California Highway Patrol, Turlock Police Department, American Medical Response responded as well as the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

The first to arrive on scene was a Turlock Police unit just before 3:15 am. Battalion 4 also arrived shortly thereafter, just before 3:20 am. Battalion 4 assumed command and put his units in the investigation mode. Once crews discovered that there was a trapped pin-in victim, they began rescue operations to remove the victim. American Medical Response asked for an air ambulance, so CALSTAR was dispatched. The Turlock Fire Department handled air operations and set up a landing zone at the Turlock Airpark.

The victim was safely removed from the vehicle at about 3:50 am and assessed. Paramedics determined that there were no major injuries or deformities that required the victim to be airlifted, so CALSTAR was cleared to return back to their base. The victim was transported by American Medical Response and the California Highway Patrol remained on scene to continue their investigation. The scene was cleared shortly thereafter and the roadway was reopened.

Transient rams other transient with vehicle causing minor injuries

On Monday, October 12th, 2020, at approximately 8:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an aggravated assault that had just occurred at the Planet Fitness located at 1360 W Main St. Officers began responding to the area and arrived within minutes.

When officers arrived, they located the victim in the parking lot of Planet Fitness. He reported to officers that he and John Dewitt, 60, of Turlock, who he knew and both lived in encampments nearby, had gotten into a disturbance. In the middle of the disturbance, Dewitt got upset and entered his vehicle. He then drove his vehicle up onto the curb and over planters, targeting the victim. He then struck the victim with the front of his vehicle and fled the area.

The victim sustained minor non-life threatening injuries and refused to be transported by ambulance. A short time later, officers located Dewitt near the original crime scene. He was then arrested without further incident and booked into Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

John Dewitt

Police officer broadsided, sustains minor injuries

On Sunday, October 4th, 2020, shortly before 8:50 pm, a Turlock Police Officer radioed in to dispatch reporting that he was broadsided at the intersection of Geer Rd and W Hawkeye Ave. Other officers with the Turlock Police Department responded, alongside American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 33.

Other officers, firefighters, and paramedics arrived on scene within a few minutes. It was determined that there were only two patients, the officer and the driver of the other vehicle, so Squad 32 was cancelled. The involved officer, Officer Henry Hernandez, was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The driver of the other vehicle originally refused transport, however, later requested an ambulance to respond again to transport him. Both vehicles sustained minor to moderate damage, and there was no airbag deployment.

Due to a conflict of interest with the Turlock Police Department taking their own report, the Modesto Office of the California Highway Patrol responded to handle the investigation. The investigation is still in its preliminary stages, however, it has so far been determined that the officer was travelling eastbound on W Hawkeye Ave, preparing to make a right turn to go southbound on Geer Rd with a green light. At this time, the driver of the other vehicle, who has been identified as Donald Sloan, 31, of Turlock, was travelling southbound on Geer Rd approaching W Hawkeye Ave. Sloan then failed to yield to the red light, entered the intersection, and broadsided the officer’s vehicle. The California Highway Patrol was able to obtain video clearly showing this.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Modesto office of the California Highway Patrol at 209-545-7440.

SUV crashes into moped, killing rider

On Sunday, September 20th, 2020, at approximately 9:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving a moped in the intersection of W Main St and N Washington Rd. The Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response responded, as well as the Turlock Fire Department with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes to find a citizen doing CPR on the victim. Officers took over CPR until medical could arrive. Squad 32 arrived on scene at approximately 9:50 pm, as well as American Medical Response. Captain 32 assumed Main command and put Squad 32 in the investigation mode. Firefighters and paramedics began providing patient care, relieving officers from doing CPR. It was then determined that this was actually just out of city limits, so the California Highway Patrol and Turlock Rural Fire District were called out.

American Medical Response loaded the patient onto their ambulance and began the trip to a local hospital, with two Turlock firefighters on Squad 32 accompanying them to provide extra assistance with patient care.

The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and was cooperative with police. The patient later died at the hospital. He was identified as Miguel Naranjo, 38, of Turlock. The moped did not have the proper lighting equipment to be driven on the road, as required by the California Vehicle Code.

Driver attempts to flee injury collision, stopped by bystander

On Saturday, September 19th, 2020, at approximately 7:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision on E Christofferson Pkwy just east of N Olive Ave. The Turlock Police Department responded alongside American Medical Response. The Turlock Fire Department also responded with Battalion 4, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Engine 33 arrived on scene shortly after 7:50 pm. Captain 33 reported two vehicles involved, assumed Christofferson command, and put Engine 33 in the investigation mode. He also told the other responding units to continue until patient contact was made. Officers as well as paramedics also both arrived, as well as other fire units.

There was only one patient who sustained minor injuries and was transported by American Medical Response. Both vehicles sustained moderate to major damage and both had airbag deployment.

A bystander reported that one of the vehicles attempted to flee the scene, however, was stopped by them. Due to the fact that they were stopped, they were not charged with hit and run. The collision remains under investigation. A rumor had spread around social media that this was caused by a drunk driver, however, that is not the case. Both vehicles were towed per the owner’s requests, and the scene was cleared at approximately 8:45 pm.

Bicyclist struck by vehicle sustains minor injuries

On Friday, September 4th, 2020, at approximately 5:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision on Dels Ln just north of Seaborg St. The Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, and American Medical Response responded. Additionally, the Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

A Stanislaus State Officer as well as American Medical Response both arrived on scene shortly before 5:55 pm to report the bicyclist still on the ground but conscious. Engine 33 also arrived on scene a minute after that and was waved off by American Medical Response. The patient was checked on scene by American Medical Response and refused transport. The cause of the collision remains unknown to the public. An update will be provided if one becomes available.

Vehicles collides into residence, only causes minor injuries

On Saturday, August 29th, 2020, shortly before 5:30 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call reporting that a vehicle had collided into a residence in the 700 block of E Linwood Ave. The Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response responded. Additionally, the Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32. Engine 31 arrived on scene at around 5:35 am. Upon their arrival, they reported a single vehicle upright into the residence. Captain 31 assumed Linwood command and put Engine 31 in the investigation mode.

Squad 32 arrived on scene shortly after. Upon their arrival, they utilized their specialty equipment and training to shore up the house to prevent further structural collapse. A large portion of the front of the residence sustained major damage. Only minor injuries were sustained. One patient was transported by American Medical Response as a result of those injuries. An exact cause of the collision remains unknown, however, “It appears speed was likely a factor in the crash”, said Turlock Police Sergeant Michael Parmley.

Vehicle falls off of Canal overpass after driving around recklessly with man on roof

On Thursday, August 13th, 2020, shortly after 7:50 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a rollover vehicle collision in the southbound lanes of State Route 99 between Fulkerth Rd and W Main St underneath the W Canal Dr overpass. The Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and American Medical Response all responded. Additionally, The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34. At approximately 7:55 am, Squad 32 arrived on scene. Upon their arrival, they reported three vehicles blocking the #1 and #2 lanes. They also reported at least one patient sitting down outside of the vehicle. Captain 32 assumed 99 command and put Squad 32 in the investigation mode.

Shortly after 7:55 am, the Turlock Police Department received a late call reporting a tan SUV driving around on Mary Ann Dr with a male subject on top of the vehicle pounding on the roof. Officers responded to the area and were unable to locate anything. It turned out that this vehicle was the same vehicle that had went off the overpass.

When the tan SUV fell off the overpass, it fell a distance of about 20 feet, before coming to rest in the #3 lane of southbound State Route 99. As a result, it struck a tractor trailer that was traveling in the #3 lane. The force of the impact forced the tractor trailer into the #1 lane, where it was struck again by a sedan. As a result of this collision, two patients sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries and were transporting to a local hospital.

This collision caused major traffic delays for southbound State Route 99, and as a result, a seperate collision occurred in the northbound lanes of State Route 99. The Turlock Police Department was on scene and investigating this collision for several hours, while southbound State Route 99 was blocked for nearly an hour. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer John-Paul Beech at 209-668-5550 extension 6150 or by email at JBeech@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Drunk driver runs red light, causes vehicle collision

On Friday, August 7th, 2020, at approximately 9:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call reporting an injury vehicle collision at the intersection of Geer Rd and E Monte Vista Ave. The Turlock Police Department responded alongside Stanislaus State Police Department and American Medical Response. The Turlock Fire Department also responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Engine 33.

Within three minutes, multiple police, fire, and medical units were on scene. When Engine 33 arrived, they reported two vehicles involved, both with moderate to major damage, as well as a traffic light on the ground. Captain 33 assumed Monte Vista command and put Engine 33 in the investigation mode. Engine 31 was cancelled by command upon arriving on scene. It is unknown if there were any injuries, however, American Medical Response did not transport anyone. City crews were also called to the scene to take care of the traffic light.

It was overheard that one of the drivers said, “I thought the light was yellow so I went through, but it was red”. That driver showed signs of intoxication, so field sobriety tests were administered. He failed those tests. He also failed a preliminary breath test provided by a Stanislaus State officer. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and then transported to Doctors Medical Center for a blood test. He was then subsequently booked into Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.

He has been identified as Dominic Jack, 24, of Turlock. He’s no stranger to getting into trouble while driving, as court records show that he has been cited three separate times in Stanislaus County within the last 7 years. His previous charges include driving without insurance, failing to stop at a stop sign, and violating terms of his provisional license, however, was only convicted of failing to stop at a stop sign.

The roadway was cleared at approximately 10:35 pm. Command was terminated at this time. All units went clear and available.

Vehicle collides with fence and then other vehicle

On Friday, August 7th, 2020, at approximately 5:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision on Georgia Way between Bates Ct and E Tuolumne Rd. The Turlock Police Department responded alongside American Medical Response. Additionally, the Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

A police unit arrived on scene about 2 minutes after being dispatched, and Engine 34 about 4 minutes after being dispatched. Engine 34 reported that there were two vehicles involved with one patient out of one of the vehicles laying in the grass of a neighboring residence. Other police units began arriving on scene, in addition to Battalion 4. Squad 32 was cancelled while en route.

One vehicle collided with a fence and then another vehicle. Both vehicles sustained moderate to major damage. The driver of one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the other vehicle suffered no injuries. The one that suffered minor injuries refused transport by ambulance. There was airbag deployment in one vehicle. It was overheard that the driver that caused the collision has vision problems.

The roadway was cleaned up shortly after 6:00 pm. At that time, command was terminated, and all units went clear and available.

Vehicle collision leaves multiple people with injuries

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, at approximately 12:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a report of an injury vehicle collision in front of Javi’s Mexican Restaurant at 118 E Monte Vista Ave. The Turlock Police Department responded along with Stanislaus State Police Department and American Medical Response. The Turlock Fire Department also responded with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 33.

Engine 33 arrived on scene in just over two minutes of being dispatched. Upon their arrival, they located 2 vehicles blocking the roadway with multiple occupants. Captain 33 assumed Monte Vista command and put Engine 33 in the investigation mode. Other units also began arriving on scene. Squad 32 was cancelled upon arrival and went clear and available. Stanislaus State Police Department provided traffic control until the roadway was cleaned up. American Medical Response transported two patients with minor to moderate injuries. Both vehicles sustained moderate to major damage. There was airbag deployment.

The roadway was cleared at approximately 1:40 pm. Around this time, command was terminated. All units went clear and available.

Pedestrian killed by train

On Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, at approximately 1:20 am, Turlock Police received a call from Union Pacific advising that one of their trains had hit a pedestrian in the downtown area. Police, fire, and medical units rushed to the scene. Around 1:25 am, a police officer located a victim and confirmed that obvious signs of death were present.

The woman killed has been identified as Rayleen Ray, 37. The train engineer had seen Ray sitting on the tracks and trying to move off of them just prior to the collision.