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Hit-and-run vehicle crash closes Ely Boulevard for two hours

Two vehicle accidents sent one man to the hospital Tuesday morning and closed Ely Boulevard South at Casa Grande Road for several hours.

The Petaluma Police Department received a number of 911 calls around 10:06 a.m. reporting that a vehicle had collided with another vehicle and flipped end over end at the intersection of Ely Boulevard and Cross Creek Drive.

Police and fire units arrived to find a collision scene that spanned an entire city block, with one driver still trapped in his pickup truck.

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Fire personnel had to extricate William Bodeau, 57, of Sonoma from his white 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup. He sustained moderate injuries in the roll over and was transported to a local hospital.

According to the police, the first accident occurred at the intersection of Ely Boulevard South and Caulfield Lane. Witnesses described the white Toyota Tundra being driven by Bodeau traveling southbound toward the stop sign at Caulfield Lane. As he approached the stop sign, Bodeau slammed his brakes and hit the back of a blue Nissan driven by Modesto Jacinto Tah, 41, of Santa Rosa, who sustained a minor injury in the accident. Bodeau pulled his vehicle into the right lane and left the scene traveling at a high rate of speed, according to witnesses.

Moments later, the second collision occurred. Bodeau apparently continued southbound on Ely Boulevard South and came to the intersection with Cross Creek Drive where the left land ends. He turned right and slammed into the back of a white ford SUV driven by Nicholas Stober, 26, of Sonoma. The impact caused Bodeau and his vehicle to begin flipping end over end and sliding to a stop a block away at the roundabout at Casa Grande Road. Stober sustained minor injuries and was released at the scene.

Ely Boulevard South between Cross Creek Drive and Casa Grande Road was closed for about two hours. It has since been reopened.

Bodeau has been admitted to the hospital and is receiving treatment for his injuries.

Police said that speed was clearly a factor in both collisions. Police also said that drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, but the accident is still under investigation by police.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accidents is asked to contact traffic officer Rob Hawkins at 776-3722 and reference report number 12-5394.


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