On Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 10:38 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a car vs pedestrian accident on 20th Street near 9th Avenue.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Chetek Fire Department, Life Link Helicopter, Chetek First Responders and Chetek Ambulance responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows Jason Kothbauer, 41 of Cameron, was walking home when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Nathan Ahlm, 25 of Barron. After striking Kothbauer, the Ahlm vehicle went into the ditch.

Kothbauer was flown to an Eau Claire hospital with non-life threatening leg and head injuries and Ahlm was arrested for reckless driving causing injury and OWI. Ahlm is currently being held in the Barron County Jail awaiting formal charges by the District Attorney’s office.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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