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Turlock: Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run, Driver Arrested


Shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, a motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Turlock. The rider was attempting to turn at the intersection of West Main Street and North Tully Road when 35-year-old Rodrigo Gonzalez Gutierrez pulled out of the parking lot of a Circle K, entered the turn lane, and clipped the bike with his truck. The motorcyclist sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg. With the help of witnesses, police located the truck a couple of miles away, identified Gonzalez as the driver, and arrested him.

“It is always fortunate when police are able to apprehend a hit-and-run driver, as they then may file criminal charges and the victims of the accident may seek compensation for their recovery-related expenses through the personal injury claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Turlock accounted for none of the 7 fatalities and 6 of the 142 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Stanislaus County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Turlock ranked 30th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of hit-and-run collisions in a California Office of Traffic Safety ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the hit-and-run accident.

The Modesto Bee originally reported this Turlock collision.

Additional information on the process of handling an injury claim after a motorcycle crash is available to the public free of charge through our office.

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