Man charged with homicide in pedestrian’s death

Published 3:36 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — A 23-year-old Maplewood man is charged with criminal vehicular homicide after he allegedly drove into a man and woman walking in the street near the University of Minnesota campus. The woman died from her injuries.

Authorities say John Robert Peterson admitted he was driving the vehicle that hit the pair about 3 a.m. Sunday. The woman, 23-year-old Kandyce Stoffel of North Mankato, was severely injured and removed from life support Monday.

According to Tuesday’s criminal complaint, witnesses told police that Peterson and the victims were at the same bar earlier in the night, and that Peterson made advances toward Stoffel, which made her uncomfortable.

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Police say they don’t know if Peterson recognized Stoffel from the bar.

The complaint says a preliminary breath test showed Peterson had a blood-alcohol content of .164.

Peterson is in custody and it’s not immediately clear if he has an attorney.