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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 29 January 2010 12:00
A Bowling Green teen was hospitalized Thursday and is facing five charges relating to two traffic crashes that occurred in the city early that morning.
Jacob R. Goddard, 19, was involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Wooster and Main streets at 2:33 a.m., then just minutes later was in a single-vehicle accident on West Wooster Street west of Haskins Road as he fled police.
According to police, Goddard ran a red light at the downtown intersection and struck a truck. He didn't stop after the accident, but pulled up a short distance away when an officer activated lights and siren. Goddard reportedly left his vehicle, ran toward the officer shouting that he needed help, then jumped back into his 2002 Lincoln LS and continued westbound.
He stopped again on Wooster at Buttonwood Avenue, but again took off and subsequently crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and tree at 846 W. Wooster St. Police estimated he was traveling about 50 mph.
He was taken by air ambulance to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
A previous report that the two accidents were an hour apart was incorrect.
Goddard has been cited for traffic control device/red light, failure to exchange information after a crash, and willful/wanton disregard for safety - all for the first accident. He also has been cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and failure to comply with a police order.
He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for all charges.

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