Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Nelson, 2096522160
Release Date: Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00:00 AM

Modesto CA: Solo vehicle collision leaves three occupants deceased


NEWS RELEASE
Date: April 25, 2014
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
 
Modesto CA: Solo vehicle collision leaves three occupants deceased. Vehicle was reported stolen prior to the collision occurring.
 
On Thursday April 24th at approximately 11:43 PM a solo vehicle collided with a tree in the front yard of a residence in the 2100 block of Miller Avenue. About two hours prior to the collision the vehicle was reported to be stolen from a Modesto location. The vehicle was a black 2009 Nissan Altima.
 
At the time of this collision there was a female driver and two male occupants in the vehicle. The impact of the collision caused a fire to ensue inside the vehicle. Modesto Police officers on scene were able to work through the flames and remove two male occupants of the vehicle. The officers immediately began performing lifesaving measures and performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Despite these rescue efforts, both male occupants later succumb to their injuries shortly after being transported to local hospitals. The female driver was initially pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extracted by fire department personal. She was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.
 
Prior to this collision occurring, a Modesto Police Department officer attempted to make a traffic stop on this stolen vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and recklessly fled at a high rate of speed in a residential zone. The short pursuit was terminated and the officer lost sight of the vehicle. The location of the vehicle and its whereabouts were unknown after the vehicle speed away. Later, officers were checking the area and located the vehicle after it had collided with the tree. Also, a resident in the area had located the collision prior to the officers arriving.
 
The female driver was a 16 year old Modesto resident. Both male occupants were also 16 year old Modesto residents. This tragic event will likely have a lasting effect on the families of the victims and the rescue personal involved in the incident. While every traffic collision fatality is a horrendous event, our compassion is extended to the victims’ families during their time of grievance due to the ages and number of victims involved. 
 
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.
 
Anyone with information or witnesses this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Reeves at 209-652-3296.
 
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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