Driver sentenced to 2 years in fatal pedestrian crash

A Reeseville man accused of fatally striking a pedestrian after inhaling aerosol has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Buechel earlier pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in the 2015 death of 17-year-old Lukas Jaeger, of Juneau. He was struck as he walked with five friends along Highway G in Lowell. None of the others were injured.

Buechel allegedly told officers he had dropped his can of soda and was reaching for it when he veered off the road and struck Jaeger. Buechel initially denied inhaling from an aerosol can, but later admitted to huffing just prior to driving.

A judge in Dodge County Friday also ordered Buechel to serve 4 years of extended supervision and pay about $15,000 in restitution.