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Modesto Police Department
Wednesday September 21st, 2016 :: 04:22 p.m. PDT


Pedestrian Fatally Wounded in Early Morning Accident

<p><strong><em>NEWS RELEASE</em></strong></p>

<p><em>Release Date: September 21, 2016&nbsp; </em></p>

<p><strong>Modesto Police Department</strong></p>

<p>Media Relations Unit &nbsp;</p>

<p>Office of the Chief of Police</p>

<p>600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354</p>

<p>Author: Heather Graves</p>

<p><strong>Modesto, CA </strong>&ndash; At about 5:45 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian on McHenry Avenue near Woodrow Avenue.&nbsp; When they arrived on scene they found 45-year-old Sarah Getreu in the roadway, unresponsive.&nbsp; She was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The preliminary investigation reveals that 40-year-old Roberto Mendoza was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima southbound on McHenry when he struck Getreu while she was crossing McHenry between Woodrow and Rumble.&nbsp; Mendoza remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.&nbsp; Mendoza did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.</p>

<p>As standard practice in a fatal vehicle collision, the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit has initiated a comprehensive collision investigation.&nbsp; This investigation is in the early stages and witness statements as well as physical evidence is being thoroughly evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p>If you have any information regarding this traffic accident, please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. &nbsp;Callers to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward. &nbsp;Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637.&nbsp; Just type &ldquo;TIP704&rdquo; along with your message.</p>

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Modesto Police Department
600 10th St
Modesto, CA 95354

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-572-9500

Heather Graves
Media Relations Unit

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