By Shereen Siewert
A Tigerton man facing felony charges after allegedly fleeing from a rollover crash that left one victim injured was cited for hit-and-run in Shawano County less than three months earlier, according to court documents.
Kyle B. Erickson, 22, appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Dec. 23, two days after the most recent crash in the Marathon County town of Plover. He faces felony charges of hit-and-run causing injury, and is free on a signature bond.
Erickson was also cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.
Police were called just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 21 to CTH N and CTH D for a report of a crash with suspected injuries. Four responding deputies were informed that the driver of a black Ford Ranger pickup had fled the scene of the crash on foot, according to court documents.
The driver of a second vehicle, a Ford Focus, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he underwent surgery for a hip injury.
Multiple bystanders, neighbors and first responders pointed to tracks on the north side of CTH N headed eastbound, with some blood in them. Two deputies followed the tracks, but called off the search after realizing they were just pushing the suspect further into the woods.
But as they emerged from the wooded area several witnesses said they saw someone walking on CTH D, which led police to footprints tracing the suspect to an outbuilding where Erickson surrendered.
Erickson, who had a bloody lip, admitted he was driving the pickup and said he fled because he was scared, according to court filings.
In the Shawano County case, filed July 8, court records show Erickson was cited for failure to notify police of an accident and hit and run. That case concluded Oct. 7.
A preliminary hearing in Marathon County is set for March 20.