Press Releases

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Bicycle

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2013 5:53 PM

Incident: Stolen Bicycle

Report #: 13-080881

Date: Thursday, 8/22/2013

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: F.O. Salinas Police Department

On 8-20-13, a resident rode his bicycle to the police department to report and incident. He left his bike unlocked at the front door to the department. While he was in the lobby, a pedestrian walked by on the sidewalk and noticed the bike was unlocked. The pedestrian walked into the police department and looked around the lobby, then walked back out and took the bike and rode away. This entire incident was captured on video. Today, an officer was in the area of 940 N. Main and recognized the suspect from the video. Natividad Saenz, 45, was detained and questioned. He admitted to stealing the bike and said he sold it for $50 to an acquaintance. Saenz directed officers to the person he sold the bike to and it was recovered and later returned to the very grateful owner. Saenz was booked for an outstanding felony warrant and the fresh theft charge.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Crash

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2013 5:19 PM

Incident: Vehicle Crash

Report #: 13-081034

Date: Thursday, 8/22/2013

Time: 12:11 PM

Location: San Juan Grade/Van Buren Ave

A 34 year old female was driving East on San Juan Grade and drifted into the oncoming lane at Van Buren Ave. She crashed head on with a 37 year old female, who had 4 passengers in her car (3 Kids). Everyone involved were wearing seatbelts. The vehicles were so badly damaged that the Jaws of Life were needed to get one of the driver's out of her car. Both drivers, along with 1 passenger, were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. All 3 kids were uninjured. It is unknown why the 34 year old driver drifted into oncoming traffic. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas High School students assisting a person in need of medical attention

On 8-22-13 at approx. 12:45 hours a female in her 60's was walking on the sidewalk in front of Salinas High School and stumbled and fell, striking her head on the concrete. She suffered a deep cut on her forehead, which heavily bled. Approximately ten Salinas High School students were returning to campus from lunch and saw the person fall. They immediately went to her aid. One student called 911, another used the victim's cell phone to call her friend, and several gave the victim napkins to help stop the bleeding and kept talking to her, keeping her calm. The students stayed with the victim until police and medical personnel arrived. Once we were there, they asked several times if there was anything else they could do. When we assured them there was not, they then left to go back to class.

The victim was very grateful to the students for taking the time to stop and help her. She did not know any of them and they left before we could get their names.

This news release is being generated to thank the unnamed students of Salinas High School for their assistance and willingness to help a stranger in need.

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