Kody Pettis of Shell Lake, Wisconsin, died last Friday after authorities responded to call of a structure fire, according to a press release from the Burnett County Sheriff's Office.

PRESS RELEASE -- On Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:39 p.m., the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at 24032 Poquette Lake Road in the Town of Dewey. This area is located about seven miles southwest of Spooner, WI. Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a pickup truck that appeared to have left the roadway and caught fire upon crashing; igniting a nearby pole building.

Initial investigation indicates that the driver had been eastbound on Lakeview Church Road and failed to stop at a stop sign; crossing Poquette Lake Road before striking a tree, overturning and catching fire. The driver and lone occupant of the 2002 Ford truck, Kody M. Pettis, 21, of Shell Lake was pronounced dead at the scene by the Burnett County Medical Examiner; autopsy results are pending at this time. The pole building and its contents were determined to be a total loss.

The Shell Lake Fire Department, St.Croix-Hertel Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance also responded to this incident.

No further information will be released at this time; investigation and crash reconstruction continues by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Scott M. Burns

DrydenWire.com had previously reported that Pettis was awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to 9 charges of child sex crimes in Burnett County Circuit Court. A 5-day Jury Trial had been scheduled to start this summer.

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