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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sgt Rick Applegate, 209-652-1206
Release Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12:00:00 AM

Modesto Man Arrested After Fatal Hit and Run


Release Date: May 4, 2014

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354

Author: Sergeant Rick Applegate


Modesto Man Arrested After Fatal Hit and Run

Modesto, CA- On May 3, 2014 at about 9:08 p.m., Modesto Police Officers were called to the area of McHenry Avenue and Bowen Avenue for a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian.  As the driver fled he was involved in another collision at Tokay Avenue and McHenry Avenue.

When Officers arrived they located a white female adult in her 30’s down in the roadway.  She was transported to a local hospital where she died a short time later.  


The driver, George Barbosa, a 27 year-old, Modesto resident was arrested a few minutes later in the 1700 block of Ruby Lane as he walked towards his home.  The initial investigation revealed that Barbosa was under the influence of alcohol.  He was later booked into jail for "Watson murder", driving under the influence causing serious injury, hit and run with injury, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or Officer Ben Kroutil at (209).  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.