ARREST MADE IN HIT-RUN CASE: Police arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of hitting another man with his car after a dispute over loud music on a residential street in north Modesto. The victim was listed in critical condition at a hospital Thursday afternoon, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a police spokesman. Officers arrested William Gibbs, of Modesto, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Gundlach said. The dispute occurred about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday on Reseda Lane, just north of Athens Avenue and west of Coffee Road. Witnesses called police reporting a hit and run involving a small gold vehicle. The victim, whose name wasn't released, was rushed to a local hospital with severe head injuries, Gundlach said. Detectives located Gibbs a short time later at his home. Investigators still are working to determine what occurred. According to witnesses, a truck was parked on Reseda Lane with its stereo on. Gibbs drove up in his car and talked to a man about the loud stereo. There was a confrontation and Gibbs drove away. A short time later, the stereo was turned up again. Gibbs returned, police said. The man and Gibbs began to argue. Details about what occurred next are not clear, but at some point Gibbs began to drive forward and the victim ended up on the hood of the car. Gibbs either braked suddenly or turned his car and the victim fell off; Gibbs fled the area, Gundlach said. Gibbs could face additional charges, Gundlach said. Anyone with information about what occurred is asked to contact Detective Jim Munoz at 572-9551 or CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
GIRL HIT BY CAR IMPROVES: A teenager hit by a car in Oakdale on Wednesday is in fair condition at Doctors Medical Center on Thursday. Katherine Pier, 18, had major injuries after being hit by a sport utility vehicle as she walked through a crosswalk on F Street at Gilbert Avenue about noon, according to authorities. The driver of the sport utility vehicle, identified as Tamara Panter, 47, of Sonora, told police she did not see Pier until she was directly in front of her.