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Turlock Police Department, CA
Thursday December 27th, 2018 :: 05:39 p.m. PST


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at approximately 11:34 P.M., Turlock Police Department was notified of an injury traffic collision involving a pickup truck and another vehicle. Officers, Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene in the 1200 block of Lander Ave. Upon arrival, officers located a Nissan pickup and a Ford Mustang which had been involved in the collision. The driver of the pickup was found unresponsive, and personnel performed lifesaving measures on him until he was transported to a local hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to the injuries he received as a result of the collision.

Witnesses advised officers that the occupants of the Ford Mustang had walked away from the scene and were later picked up by another vehicle.

Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Preliminary indications are that the driver of the pickup, 55 year old Jose Mora, from Hilmar, was travelling south on Lander Ave and was attempting to make a “U-turn,” when he was struck by the Mustang which was also travelling south on Lander Ave at a high rate of speed.

As M.A.I.T. is still in the early stages of this investigation, they have not yet determined fault or cause, however, it does appear that speed may have been a factor in this incident. Investigators are processing evidence and working on leads in an effort to identify the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to call Officer Greg Roton (209) 668-6536. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-6523 or email at

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant Russ Holeman.

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Sergeant Russ Holeman
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Turlock Police Department
Office phone - (209) 668-6524
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Turlock Police Department, CA
244 North Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380

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Non-emergencies: 209-668-5550

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