Two deaths that occurred in the Oakdale area on Sunday morning, Sept. 27 are currently under investigation.
Detectives with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Persons Unit are investigating a homicide in an unincorporated portion of Oakdale. Initially received as a call for service to the Oakdale Police Department, officers responded to Oak Valley Hospital for a woman who suffered from gunshot wound injuries. Shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, patrol sheriff’s deputies were asked to respond to the 9900 block of Cleveland Avenue in Oakdale to further investigate a suspicious circumstances incident and attempt to locate a possible crime scene or victim.
Sheriff’s Department officials said this investigation is still very much in the earliest stages of gathering information, processing multiple scene locations, obtaining statements and collecting evidence. The public is urged to contact Detective Silva by calling 209-525-7091 should they have added information to share. Investigators have not released any further potential suspect information or other pertinent details at this time.
In another case, a late morning collision at the Church of Nazarene resulted in a fatality.
Shortly after 10:15 Sunday morning, Oakdale Police responded to several 9-1-1 calls reporting a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision at the Church of Nazarene located at 1700 W. F St. When officers and fire personnel arrived on scene it was determined the male pedestrian had suffered major injuries and was pronounced deceased. The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local area hospital for precautionary measures. The early investigation indicates the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was making a U-turn in the parking lot of the church when the driver accelerated striking the pedestrian, then colliding with the church building where the vehicle came to rest.
The traffic collision is currently under investigation by California Highway Patrol. Oakdale Police personnel are assisting CHP with the investigation. It does not appear that alcohol or drugs are a factor in this fatal collision.
This investigation is in the early stages and witness statements as well as physical evidence is being thoroughly evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.
Names of the victims in the cases were not immediately available from authorities.
Look for updated stories in the Sept. 30 issue of The Leader.