Po­lice ID pedes­trian killed in north Modesto

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY ERIN TRACY [email protected]­bee.com

Po­lice on Thurs­day were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fa­tal hit-and-run wreck that took the life of a 59-yearold woman from Modesto.

Irene Marie Arel­lano died af­ter she was struck by a ve­hi­cle while walk­ing across the street near a pop­u­lar north Modesto shop­ping cen­ter on Pe­landale Av­enue at about 9 p.m. Wed­nes­day night.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle, which was de­scribed as a mid-2000s Volk­swa­gen Jetta, fled the scene. The car was found in a neigh­bor­hood about 2.5 miles from the col­li­sion site, po­lice said.

Arel­lano was walk­ing south in the cross­walk at Chap­man Road and Pe­landale — near the Cost Plus World Mar­ket — when she was struck by the Jetta trav­el­ing east on Pe­landale.

It was not known who had the green light.

The Jetta was found Thurs­day morn­ing at 7 a.m., parked on Wild Poppy Court, a few blocks south­east of the Pe­landaleCarver Road in­ter­sec­tion.

There was no im­me­di­ate in­for­ma­tion about the driver.

Any­one who might have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or has re­lated in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 209-521-4636 or email Of­fi­cer Phillips at [email protected]

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