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JUNEAU — A 41-year-old Beaver Dam man pleaded not guilty Wednesday a felony charge of hit-and-run causing injury

Colin Biel was charged after he allegedly struck a pedestrian who was walking down a county highway.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded to Highway I near Highway 33 on Oct. 22 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.

Biel turned himself in at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 23 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 inspected and damage was found that was consistent with what would have been caused by striking a pedestrian.

A telephone scheduling conference is scheduled on March 4.

He could face up to 9 months in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the charge. He is free on a $1,000 signature bond.

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Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reporter