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Car hits home in Cadiz
Burtnett Burkhalter stands outside his home Thursday as a construction crew works to place a temporary wall, blocking the hole created when a vehicle crashed into his home on Wednesday, south of Monroe, in the Town of Cadiz. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
TOWN OF CADIZ - A motorist sustained non-life-threatening injuries after his vehicle crashed into a residence occupied by three people in the Town of Cadiz. None of the occupants were injured.

Connar S. Koch, 18, Monroe, had to be extricated from his vehicle after it hit the residence in the W7900 block of County P at 5:32 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Green County Sheriff's Department news release. Koch was westbound on County P when his vehicle left the roadway, clipped a decorative well and hit the home. The vehicle missed a pear tree by about a foot before slamming into the corner of the house's garage.

The owner of the house, Burnett Burkhalter, said he, his daughter Julie and her husband Warren Schneebeger were getting ready to cook dinner when the vehicle burst into the corner of their laundry room.

"Just seconds before my daughter was in this room," Burkhalter said.

Burkhalter said he heard the vehicle hit and thought it was an explosion at first. The crash caused their washer and dryer to fly across the room and hit the opposite wall. Burkhalter described the vehicle as a Chevrolet Caprice.

Burkhalter was outside his home on the straightway stretch of County P on Thursday, watching as four men from Kundert Construction used a tarp and nailed down a board to cover the damaged garage. Burkhalter said within a few minutes following the crash, his neighbor, who is an EMT, came to help care for Koch. Burkhalter said Koch was coherent, but they didn't move him until emergency responders arrived.

"He was very apologetic," Burkhalter said.

Koch was transported via EMS to Monroe ER for injuries from the crash. He told responding officers he may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff said there was no indication drugs or alcohol were involved in causing the crash.

The residence sustained significant damage. A door sat twisted and mangled in the yard among the splinters of drywall and wood from the garage.

"I don't think we better use that door again," Burkhalter said.

Koch's vehicle had very severe damage and was towed from the scene. He was cited for failure to wear a seatbelt and driving too fast for conditions. He was released pending court.

Online court records indicate Koch has numerous previous convictions for minor traffic violations, as well as several truancy infractions. Rohloff said the sheriff's department and Monroe Police have had previous contacts with Koch.

Burkhalter said he was thankful there were no fatalities.

"You can replace a garage, but having to bury somebody, that's tough," he said.