A candlelight vigil is held for 3-year-old Merced resident, Dayveonna Polk, near the intersection of R Street and 18th Street in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Polk died at Valley Children's Hospital on Tuesday, after suffering major injuries when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Merced on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Greg Hostetler, a farmer and developer in Merced, gave away 1,000 turkeys and packages of almond this week to those in need in Merced and Los Banos. In the last four years, Hostetler has grown the event in honor of his late wife Cathie, who started the tradition of giving away turkeys more than 30 years ago.
An arraignment for 58-year-old Mario David Vasquez was continued on Wednesday to a date in September where his custody status will be discussed and he will enter a plea. He is charged with four felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and multiple misdemeanors in connection to the deadly bus crash in August 2016 on Highway 99.