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Early Morning Pedestrian Fatality
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An early morning collision had West F Street closed off as police investigated the death of an elderly female pedestrian struck by a Toyota SUV. RICHARD PALOMA


Oakdale Police had West F Street closed off Wednesday morning, Aug. 3 due to a vehicle collision that killed an elderly woman pedestrian.

Oakdale Police Lt. Keri Sturges said police were notified of the auto vs. pedestrian accident on West F Street near Stanislaus Avenue around 5:45 a.m.

When emergency crews arrived, witnesses were performing CPR on an elderly woman in the roadway. The woman was later identified as Mary Rose Felix, 75, of Oakdale

Lt. Sturges said police were still investigating the incident, but preliminary details were that a Toyota 4-Runner was travelling westbound on F Street when the vehicle struck Felix crossing the roadway between the Stanislaus Avenue and N. Oak Avenue intersections. Felix's exact location at the point of impact is still being determined.

The male driver of the Toyota, Dillan Rowe, 24, of Oakdale, stopped his vehicle, called 911, and waited for police to respond.

Emergency crews responded and continued to perform life-saving measures to Felix. Paramedics from Oak Valley Ambulance pronounced the victim deceased. She was later released to the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office who notified her next of kin.

Police closed the roadway, diverting the morning commute traffic to surface streets around F Street which also serves as State Highway 108 while investigators spent the next several hours at the scene interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. The roadway was reopened at 9:45 a.m.

According to police, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and there were no initial reports from any parties to indicate that speed was an issue, but the investigation is continuing. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Officer Rocky Anderson at 209-847-2231.

With two State highways winding through town, 120 and 108, Oakdale has high levels of traffic congestion and the amount of vehicles, including bicycles and pedestrians, using the roadways have contributed to high percentages of pedestrian accidents over the years.

Look to The Leader for additional information as the story develops