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Hit and run injures three
Orange collision
Emergency crews work to help people injured when a sports utility vehicle hit the car they were riding in with enough force to send it into a parked car and a tree on Orange Street. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Three people were injured Friday night by a speeding sports utility vehicle that hit their car after they stopped to let a man cross the street.

The driver of the SUV drove away after striking the car.

The three women were in a Kia Rio that sustained significant damage from the crash. Two women were transported by ambulance with moderate injuries and the third had a complaint of pain, according to the Turlock Police Officer Dominic Hernandez.

The collision occurred around 7:30 p.m. Friday on Orange Avenue in between Main Street and Columbia Street.

The Kia was struck from behind by the SUV with such force that it sent the Kia crashing into a parked Honda Civic and then a tree.

Witnesses said the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed. Skid marks from the SUV that started in the intersection stretched for 77 feet, said Turlock Police Officer Kim Briggs.

The man who was crossing the street at the time of the collision said he escaped injury by jumping out of the way just as the car came towards him.

The only description of the SUV was that it was light colored, possibly a Chevy Tahoe or a Suburban.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department at 668-5550.