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Teen driver flees collision with pedestrian

A teenager was behind the wheel in a collision that critically injured a man in Turlock on Thursday night.

The teenager initially fled the scene of the collision but subsequently went to the Turlock Police Department to speak with investigators, said department spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The collision happened at 10:53 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Lander Avenue and E. Glenwood Avenue.

The victim, a 41-year-old man, was walking in the area when he was struck by a van. Officers were responding to the scene when they were updated by dispatch that the driver of the van was leaving the scene in the van.

A witness followed the responsible to the parking lot of a church in the area of S. Walnut Road and Greenway Avenue, where the responsible parked their vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby orchard. As officers arrived, air support and a K9 were requested from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office to help locate the suspect, however, the suspect was not found. The vehicle was towed as evidence.

In the early morning hours of Friday, the driver, a 16-year-old boy, accompanied by a parent, went to the Turlock Police Department and turned himself in to investigators.

"No arrests have been made at this time," Parmley said. "The juvenile is cooperating with this investigation."

The victim had been transported to an area hospital and remains in critical condition, according to the police department.

Officers are conducting their investigation, which includes gathering video surveillance. Surveillance shows that at the time of the collision, there were additional witnesses that have not yet been interviewed.  Officers are requesting these witnesses make contact with Officer Richard Fortado at (209) 664-7399.