PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT: A 75-year-old Modesto woman died after a car driven by a Big Valley Christian High School student struck her Wednesday afternoon as she walked near the campus parking lot in north Modesto, police said. Kita Rezaeieh was taken by ambulance to a Modesto hospital, where she was pronounced dead Wednesday night, Sgt. Brian Findlen said. Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old girl driving the Volkswagen that hit Rezaeieh, because she is a minor. Findlen said there were no signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The teenage driver was not arrested and it appeared to be a low-speed traffic accident, he said. Findlen said Rezaeieh was walking in the crosswalk shortly after 3 p.m. at a parking lot exit near Tully Road and Snyder Avenue, just south of Pelandale Avenue. He said the high school student was exiting the parking lot when the Volkswagen struck Rezaeieh.
MAN KILLED CROSSING FREEWAY: An unidentified man died early Tuesday after a vehicle struck him as he tried to cross Highway 99 near downtown Modesto, the California Highway Patrol reported. Authorities said the man appeared to be in his 20s and is a transient. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. in the freeway's northbound lanes under the Highway 132 overpass, according to the CHP. The man was standing on the east shoulder and straddling the road's edge as John Fayad approached in a 2004 Ford about 60 mph in the middle lane, the CHP reported. The man ran across the far right lane and into the middle lane, about 50 feet in front of Fayad's Ford. The CHP said Fayad braked but was unable to stop in time.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT: A motorcyclist from Ceres died after he crashed into a road construction site late Saturday just southeast of Hughson, the California Highway Patrol reported. William Dugranrut, 48, was taken by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, where he died later from his injuries. According to the CHP, Dugranrut was driving a 2003 Harley-Davidson south on Geer Road about 10:30 p.m. and turned west onto East Service Road. Dugranrut drove into a portion of the road that was closed for construction and crashed into a pile of asphalt. The motorcycle went airborne and Dugranrut was ejected, sustaining injuries from his impact with the road, the CHP reported. Dugranrut was wearing a full-face helmet at the time of his collision.
FUND HELPS SHERIFF'S DIVE TEAM: The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department dive team received $10,000 from the Laci and Conner Search and Rescue Fund to purchase diving equipment, the Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday. In January of 2003, the team helped look for Peterson by conducting a search at Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis. Prior to the grant, dive team members often purchased their equipment, team member Sgt. Chris Hewitt said. The team purchased dry suits, air bottles, full face masks with underwater communications equipment and basic equipment to outfit two divers. The team is made up of six deputies who conduct about five missions a year, primarily recovering bodies and collecting evidence. The Laci and Conner Search and Rescue Fund was founded in January 2006 by Sharon Rocha, the mother of Laci Peterson of Modesto, who was pregnant when she went missing at Christmastime 2002. Her body and that of her unborn son, whom she had planned to call Conner, were later found in San Francisco Bay. Scott Peterson, Laci's husband, was convicted of their murders and sentenced to death. The search and rescue fund has provided $130,000 in grants to 23 law enforcement and search-and-rescue organizations in five states.