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JUNEAU — A 41-year-old Beaver Dam man was released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond on Wednesday after making his initial appearance in court for allegedly striking a pedestrian who was walking down Highway I Monday night.

Colin Biel is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury. He could face up to 9 months in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded to Highway I near Highway 33 on Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a pedestrian who had been struck. Investigation revealed a 32-year-old Reeseville man was struck by a truck heading south on Highway I. The Reeseville man was located in the ditch by another driver. The man was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital by Beaver Dam paramedics and then taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with serious injuries.

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Biel turned himself in at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday at 7 a.m. and said that he had thought he had struck a deer. He had returned to the scene but left again after seeing the emergency lights.

Biel’s vehicle was located and was consistent with damage that would’ve been caused by striking a pedestrian.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 13.

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