The Lake County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury accident that occurred early Saturday evening near the intersection of S. Washington Ave. and the SD-34 bypass on the south side of Madison.
At about 6 p.m., a witness reported that a male driving a pickup hit a sign and some wood landscaping at Madison Nursery & Landscape and then fled the accident scene.
Sheriff's personnel determined that the pickup was driven by Michael Koch, 31, of Madison. Koch was driving south on Egan Ave. and failed to see the stop sign at the intersection of Egan Ave. and 234th St.
The driver swerved his vehicle to the left into a business lot and continued driving the pickup to the east. Officers reported that Koch went down into the ditch and over a road approach into another ditch, striking a business sign and some landscaping timbers. The vehicle continued to travel to the east in the south ditch stopping in a soybean field near the Madison Nursery.
A witness told officers that the driver was injured and called for an ambulance. The driver fled the scene of the accident, but he was later located and charged with reckless driving, and failing to report an accident involving property damage.
Koch was driving a 2006 Chevy Silverado that received damages estimated at $6,700. At the time of the accident report, the amount of property damage to Madison Nursery & Landscape was unknown.