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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The Springfield Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is asking for witnesses to come forward who may have seen an accident that’s left one man in critical condition.
On April 12 at 10:15 p.m., police were called to 18th and Centennial Boulevard for a motor vehicle accident where one vehicle had crashed into a house. Police said their investigation revealed a separate incident at 10 and Q Street when the first accident occurred.
Police said 18-year-old Dylan Jon Hodson of Springfield rear-ended a Dodge Caravan before speeding off. They said the Caravan followed. Police said Hodson lost control of his vehicle on Q Street and flattened a tire. They said the two vehicles continue to 18th Street and Centennial Boulevard where Hodson ran a red light and hit a Dodge Journey before hitting the garage of a home.
Police said Hodson was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition this morning. They said the driver and three passengers of the Journey were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said there were no injuries in the first incident involving the Caravan.
Police said alcohol is not a factor in the crash, however, marijuana and speed are being investigated as contributing factors.
Police said in the case of a hit and run, they actually do recommend following the fleeing vehicle if you feel safe doing so. They said the most helpful way for them to find the driver is for you to be able to give them a call and provide an accurate location. They said if you are going to pursue a vehicle to use your best judgment and make sure you're not causing further danger.
"Take into consideration whether or not the person you're following knows they're being followed and if that's going to create some kind of a conflict," said Lt. Scott McKee with the Springfield Police Department. "Be aware and be ready to disengage."
The investigation is ongoing and police ask any witnesses to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.