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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: S.Nelson, 2096522160
Release Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 8:20:00 AM

Modesto CA: Major injury motorcycle collision investigated at West Orangeburg Ave and Del Vale Ave

Date: November 14, 2013
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
Modesto CA: Major injury motorcycle collision investigated at West Orangeburg Ave and Del Vale Ave.
On Wednesday November 13th at around 10:45 AM a motorcyclist was traveling Eastbound on West Orangeburg Ave headed toward the intersection of Del Vale Ave. A sport utility type vehicle was traveling Northbound on Del Vale Ave.  The motorcycle and the vehicle collided in the intersection. The rider of the motorcycle was ejected from his motorcycle and slid into the side of the other vehicle.  
The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. He suffered a fractured femur, multiple broken bones and lacerated arteries in his face and neck area. The motorcycle rider has been identified as Shawn Romero, a 36 year old Modesto resident. The driver of the other vehicle did not have any injuries.  
The motorcycle being ridden was a 2008 Suzuki GSXR1300. The sport utility vehicle being driven was a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo sport utility vehicle. The motorcyclist was wearing a full face Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet at the time of the collision. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the collision.
At this time, no fault or cause to this collision has been determined. As a standard procedure, a comprehensive collision investigation has begun and is in the early stages of the process. Witness statements and physical evidence at the scene will be evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.
This is the third motorcycle involved major injury traffic collision since August 6th. On Tuesday on August 6th at approximately 7:58 PM a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of Standiford Ave and Sherwood Ave. On Friday August 23rd at around 8:13 PM a motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on West Orangeburg Ave headed toward the intersection of College Ave and was killed in the intersection.
To date in 2013 there has been eight fatal automobile collisions in the City of Modesto. This includes two motorcycle collisions, two pedestrian collisions, one bicyclist collision, and three passenger car vehicle collisions.
Anyone with information or witnesses this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Boyle at 652-3167.  
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.
For information about this news release, contact police spokesman Officer Scott Nelson, 209-652-2160.
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