A 17-year-old Edgar teen has now been charged in a May 30 crash that injured him and his two friends.
Nathan Koller made his first appearance in Marathon County Court on Wednesday. He was charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and four misdemeanor charges related to drunk driving.
According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a single vehicle crash on County Highway M near Blackberry Street, northeast of Stratford just before 10 p.m. on May 30.
Investigators say the the vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility road and became airborne rolling several times before coming to a rest.
Koller, the driver, was ejected. He was located 15 feet from the crash site. A male passenger who had been riding in the front seat was found in the backseat. A female passenger, who is reported to be the only one wearing a seatbelt, was able to climb out of the car and flagged down help. The passengers were transported by ambulance to a Marshfield hospital.
Koller was flown to a Marshfield hospital where he had surgery for his broken back. He also spent time in a coma following the crash.
Both passengers said Koller had been drinking prior to the accident. One of the passengers said Koller had been driving recklessly and at times reached speeds around 120 mph.
A preliminary breath test preformed by investigators at the hospital showed neither passenger had consumed alcohol, although one the passengers said they had “a sip” of alcohol earlier in the day.
Nathan Koller is free on a $5,000 signature bond. He's been ordered to not have any contact with the victims.
Wednesday in court, he pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges. He'll return to court July 29 to learn if his case will head to trial.
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