TODDLER HIT BY CAR, FLOWN TO HOSPITAL:
A 2-year-old Modesto girl was injured Friday afternoon when a car struck her as she darted across a north Modesto residential street near her grandparents' home. The girl was alert and conscious when she was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, said officer Derrick Letsinger of the Modesto police traffic unit. He said the girl did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, but hospital officials told police the girl was being flown to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento "as a precaution." The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. on Choctaw Way, just west of Carver Road and north of Standiford Avenue. Letsinger said Lavilla Maines, 68, of Oakdale was driving a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria about 25 mph west on Choctaw. Letsinger said the girl darted out from between two parked vehicles into the street. By the time Maines realized the girl was in the middle of the street, it was too late to stop, Letsinger said. The force of the impact pushed the girl about 20 feet, her grandfather said. Because of road work at Carver and Standiford, southbound traffic on Carver was being detoured westbound through Choctaw. Traffic officers closed Choctaw, between Mohawk Lane and Carver, until their investigation was completed. Maines was not cited, Letsinger said.
POT PLANTS FOUND IN TUOLUMNE COUNTY: Nearly 15,000 marijuana plants from the Basin Creek area were destroyed Thursday, Tuolumne County authorities reported. The 14,496 plants ranged from 6 inches to 3 feet tall and, if allowed to mature, each would have been worth $2,000, officials said. No arrests were made, but evidence at the scene indicated the suspects had been there Thursday morning, Tuolumne County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dan Bressler said. The number of marijuana plants destroyed this season is 84,538, Bressler said.