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Columbus man enters no contest plea in DeForest hit-and-run

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DEFOREST (WKOW) — The man charged in a DeForest hit-and-run crash where a pedestrian was badly hurt has taken a plea.

Eric Schroder, 55, of Columbus pleaded no contest to a single count of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm in an October 2021 crash.

Schroder was arrested two days after the crash, when someone came forward and led police to the “striking vehicle” — an 18-wheel semi-tractor and trailer. Police said the semi had damage consistent with the accident.

When Schroder was initially charged, prosecutors said the woman injured in the crash suffered a spinal fracture, brain bleeding, fractured leg, fractured ribs, fractured skull, lacerated liver, lacerated kidney and lacerated spleen.

Schroder will be sentenced in September. 

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