A Modesto woman has filed a $10,364 claim against the city because an undercover police officer struck and destroyed her car in September.
The claim says officer Doug Ridenour was traveling north about 72 mph on Roselle Avenue when his Pontiac hit a Nissan Sentra turning left onto Roselle from Kodiak Drive. The Sept. 7 accident occurred about 2:45 p.m.
Roselle drivers have the right of way at the intersection; Kodiak drivers are required to stop before entering the intersection.
The claim states that the Nissan Sentra driver proceeded to make a left turn after determining it was safe to do so and that the accident was caused by Ridenour's excessive speed. The claim does not say why Ridenour was driving so fast in a residential neighborhood.
One of the four witnesses listed in the claim said an officer who investigated the accident told him Ridenour was driving to an in-progress burglary.
Witness Brandon Fahlenkamp said Ridenour's undercover car did not have lights or sirens. Fahlenkamp said he was driving north on Roselle when Ridenour passed him and then hit the Nissan.
"I saw the girl stop at the stop sign and then she pulled out," Fahlenkamp said. "I said, 'Here it goes. He's going to hit her.' He swerved in front of her and T-boned her. No lights, no siren."
The three other witnesses could not be reached Friday.
The claim is for the cost of replacing the car.
A September news report says the Sentra driver, identified as Nina Ruiz in the claim, and Ridenour, whom police did not identify at the time, complained of pain and were taken to a hospital.
The car is owned by Ruiz's mother, Sadhana Lal, who filed the claim.
Ruiz, Lal and Lal's attorney could not be reached for comment Friday. Modesto police Capt. Rick Armendariz said his department does not comment on active claims.
The police said in September that the Sentra driver drove into the path of the undercover officer's car. But the Stanislaus County Superior Court website shows no charges related to the accident have been filed against Ruiz.
Ruiz was on her way to pick up her grandfather to take him to one of his thrice-weekly dialysis appointments, according to the claim.
Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2316.