An argument over loud music in a north Modesto neighborhood Wednesday afternoon ended with a 25-year-old Modesto man clinging to life as police looked for the driver who fled in a car.
The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit, said Modesto police Lt. Chris Fuzie. The man's name was not released.
Police responded about 3:20 p.m. to the residential neighborhood on Reseda Lane just north of Athens Avenue and west of Coffee Road.
Fuzie said the victim and another person walked out of a nearby home to complain about loud music coming from a car parked on Reseda. Witnesses told police the four-door car was gold, possibly a Toyota.
The two men started arguing with the driver of the gold car, asking him to turn down the music, Fuzie said. One of the men who was complaining reached into the car and turned down the music.
The car was facing north on the small residential lane when the driver accelerated and hit the victim.
"The car carries (the victim) on the hood a little ways," Fuzie said, "then he slams on the brakes and (the victim) flies off."
The injured man landed on the street near the sidewalk. The spot was covered with blood that stained the street.
Witnesses told police the gold car sustained front end damage and turned around after the impact before fleeing south on Reseda. The witnesses soon lost sight of the car.
Police were questioning a man Wednesday night who might have been the driver, but no arrest had been made, Fuzie said.
Police are investigating the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon, Fuzie said. Officers closed Reseda between Athens and Dorothy Way to collect evidence.
Modesto police ask anyone with information about this case to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.