Riverbank CA – Deputy Antonio “Tony” Hinostroza (45) was killed in a vehicle collision just before 10:00 PM just outside of Riverbank, Deputy Hinostroza was responding to assist Riverbank Police Services deputies on a vehicle pursuit when he collided with a power pole at the intersection of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.
Deputy Hinostroza was a 19-year veteran with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Hinostroza was hired as a deputy sheriff in January 1999. He was assigned to the patrol division out of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department main office. During his career, Deputy Hinostroza served as a patrol deputy, K9 handler, Gang Detective, SWAT team member, and Field Training Officer. Hinostroza was a Police Explorer for Ceres Police Department from 1990 until 1992 when he enlisted to serve in the United States Marine Corps until 1996. Hinostroza then worked as a reserve police officer and dispatcher for the city of Waterford before being hired by then-Sheriff Les Weidman. Hinostroza leaves behind one adult son.
At 9:48 p.m., Riverbank Police Services deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Oakdale Road and Patterson Road in Riverbank for a report of a driver of a silver Cadillac Escalade passed out behind the wheel. Deputies arrived and the driver of the Escalade sped off leading deputies on a pursuit. Deputies deployed spike strips on the Escalade which became disabled at the intersection of Fine Avenue and Cambridge Court in Modesto. The driver fled from the vehicle and began fighting with deputies forcing them to deploy a less-lethal bean bag to subdue him and take him into custody.
Dispatch began getting 911 calls of a Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle crashed into a power pole at Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road. CHP, Deputies, Ambulance and Fire responded to the scene in an attempt to rescue Deputy Hinostroza, but he died of his injuries at the scene.
Jonathan Carrillo-Gonzalez (30- Modesto) was the driver of the Escalade. He was arrested for driving under the influence, felony evasion, and resisting arrest. His license was suspended in June 2018 for DUI and has had at least 3 prior convictions for DUI in the past 9 years.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.