Modesto woman, 59, identified as pedestrian killed in north Modesto intersection

Police on Thursday were investigating a fatal hit-and-run wreck that took the life of a 59-year-old woman from Modesto.

Irene Marie Arellano died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking across the street near a popular north Modesto shopping center on Pelandale Avenue at about 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

The driver of the vehicle, which was described as a mid-2000s Volkswagen Jetta, fled the scene. The car was found in a neighborhood about 2.5 miles from the collision site, police said.

Arellano was walking south in the crosswalk at Chapman Road and Pelandale — near the Cost Plus World Market — when she was struck by the Jetta traveling east on Pelandale.

It was not known who had the green light.

The Jetta was found Thursday morning at 7 a.m., parked on Wild Poppy Court, a few blocks southeast of the Pelandale-Carver Road intersection.

There was no immediate information about the driver.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has related information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 or email Officer Phillips at

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