At about 10:53 pm Thursday night, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Avenue and East Glenwood Avenue, Turlock.
When crews arrived on scene, they found no vehicles involved, but a pedestrian on the ground unconscious and suffering major injuries. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with two firefighters accompanying the ambulance crew for extra manpower.
A few minutes later, a call was received from someone claiming that they witnessed the collision and followed the involved vehicle to the parking lot of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 2602 South Walnut Road, Turlock.
Officers responded to that location and met with the witness who pointed out the involved vehicle, a gold Toyota minivan, and told them that its driver had fled on foot into the field adjacent to the church.
Officers set up a perimeter in the area and requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, who also sent their airship. Officers and deputies armed with rifles and a canine worked for over an hour to clear the large field and immediate area, but were unable to locate anyone.
The gold Toyota minivan was towed from the church and taken to the Turlock Police Department to be used as evidence in the crime.
A couple of hours later at about 3:00 am, a juvenile male arrived at the Turlock Police Department who claimed to be the driver of the vehicle and stated that he wanted to comply with the investigation. He provided a statement and was later released. He may later face charges.
The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Tyler Gursky at 209-668-5550 extension 6309.