Update | Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Reported on Prescott Road in Modesto

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January 20, 2023
Edward Smith

Hit-and-Run Fatality on Prescott Road

The Modesto Police Department reported a fatality following a hit-and-run accident on Prescott Road. The incident occurred on the night of Tuesday, January 17, 2023, just south of Standiford Avenue, officials said.

Details on the Hit-and-Run Fatality on Prescott Road in Modesto

According to Modesto PD, a woman was reportedly walking eastbound across Prescott Road when she was struck by a white GMC Yukon. The crash occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m., investigators said. The GMC driver, a 60-year-old man, initially left the crash site. Sadly, the pedestrian, Nancy Wright, 65, of Modesto, succumbed to her injuries.

With the assistance of an eyewitness to the incident, the GMC driver was later located by Modesto PD. The GMC driver was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, felony DUI, manslaughter, and murder.

The fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident remains under investigation. Officials are hopeful for more eyewitnesses to come forward to provide their accounts of the incident. Those with information or witnesses may contact Modesto PD Traffic Safety Unit investigators at (209) 572-9592.

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A California wrongful death lawyer must prove through clear and compelling evidence that the other side’s negligence was the direct cause of the loss of life, and this resulted in damages for surviving family members. This may be challenging in a lawsuit against a negligent driver and their insurance company. As a survivor, you owe it to yourself and your family to retain legal counsel with experience handling cases like yours. At our law firm, we have decades of combined experience handling fatal accident cases. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources to build a strong case for maximum financial recovery. Learn more about us and how we can help your family by watching this video.

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