Man Convicted in Deadly Bayfield Co. Crash

Andrew Peterson was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Andrew Peterson was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. |  Photo: Bayfield County

Created: December 14, 2018 01:56 PM

A man has been convicted of a felony following a fatal crash last year in Bayfield County.

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Bayfield County District Attorney Kimberly Lawton said a jury convicted 49-year-old Andrew Jason Peterson of Bayfield of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with a June 10, 2017, crash on Highway 13 in Cornucopia.  Prosecutors say Peterson had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit to drive when he made a left-hand turn in front of 64-year-old David Apka, who was killed in the crash.

Lawton said that a State Patrol investigation found Apka, a longtime Cornucopia resident, was traveling under the posted 45 mile-per-hour speed limit at the time of the crash.  She said the conviction came following a four-day trial this week.

Peterson is being held in the Bayfield County Jail while he awaits sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 19.

"This case highlights the importance of OWI enforcement at all levels and my office is committed to vigorously prosecuting OWI offenses," Lawton said in a news release.

Lawton said that three fatal crashes in Bayfield County in 2017 resulted in criminal charges, with convictions in each case.

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