Man killed while pushing shopping cart; police looking for hit-and-run driver

Modesto police are looking for the driver of a gray Saturn SUV that was involved in a fatal hit and run Friday morning.

The incident occurred on Peppermint Drive near Hilo Lane, northeast of Scenic Drive and Oakdale Road, at about 4:45 a.m.

Sgt. Lance Nicolai said the SUV was speeding eastbound on Peppermint Drive when, at a curve in the road, it swerved into the westbound lane and hit a man pushing a shopping cart. The man was walking eastbound in the westbound lane toward the side of the road.

Nicolai said residents in the neighborhood heard the crash and called 911.

The man was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he died.

The man has been identified but his name was withheld by police Friday pending notification of his family.

Traffic officers looked at surveillance video from homes around the neighborhood and determined the involved vehicle is a 2008 to 2010 Saturday Vue, which as a result of the collision likely has damage on the front bumper and driver’s side.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 or email Officer Randy Raduechel at

Erin has been covering breaking news and crime at The Modesto Bee since 2010. She is a Humboldt State graduate and resides in Oakdale.