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Two Ceres men die in separate crashes

Two Ceres men died in separate crashes in Stanislaus County over the weekend.

The first fatal crash occurred Saturday at 11:02 a.m. when Hugo Alvarez, 34, of Ceres was killed while riding a motorcycle on Paradise Road at Illinois Avenue. The California Highway Patrol said Alvarez was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Paradise Road approaching Illinois Avenue. Directly in front of Alvarez was a Toyota driven by Maria Ordaz, 17, of Modesto in the same direction. When Ordaz was midway into a left turn onto Illinois Avenue Alvarez rode across the solid double yellow lines into the eastbound lane and collided into the left side of the Toyota. The rider was ejected and landed in a dirt field at the southwest corner of Paradise Road and Illinois Avenue. Alvarez was rushed by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center Modesto, where he was declared dead.

Alcohol and or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

The second fatal crash occurred on Crows Landing Road north of Blankenburg Avenue at 3:10 a.m. Sunday when Richard Green, a 32-year-old Ceres resident, was struck by a southbound vehicle in the road. CHP officers rushed to the scene and initially found Green upright in the southbound traffic lane of Crows Landing Road. Authorities say the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Green died of his injuries at the scene.

It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor in the hit-and-run collision. The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information on the crash is being asked to contact Officer F. Arias at the Modesto Area CHP office at 545-7440.

The CHP also responded to a fatal Sunday crash which killed a 26-year-old Denair man at Gratton and Barnhart roads. The victim was a pedestrian.

The initial investigation found that a pedestrian was in the southbound lane of Gratton Road at Barnhart Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a 2010 Honda driven southbound on Gratton Road at 45 miles per hour by Mary Smith, 76, of Denair. The front of the Honda collided with the pedestrian who came to rest in the southbound lane of Gratton Road. Smith stopped her car to check on the pedestrian. He later died from his injuries at Emmanuel Hospital in Turlock.

This collision is still under investigation. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor in this collision.