2018-06-14 / Courts

Charges filed in 2017 ATV accident

PETERSON PETERSON A 28-year-old Traverse City man is facing a 15-year felony charge more than a year after an accident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old woman.

Christopher D. Peterson was formally charged Tuesday with reckless driving causing death in connection with an April 2017 accident in which Kerstin Colmus was killed.

According to court documents Peterson was driving an off-road vehicle in an open field in Elmwood Township when the four-wheeler flipped, ejecting the driver and Colmus and her older sister, Katelynn, 23.

“Peterson operated (the vehicle) … in such a reckless manner that both the Colmus girls screamed for him to slow down or stop,” court documents state. “Peterson stopped … turned the wheel to the left, and accelerated to a high rate of speed causing it to overturn.”

Both Katelynn Colmus and Peterson were injured in the crash and were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Reckless driving causing death is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or $2,500 to $10,000 in fines.

Peterson is also charged with a “moving violation causing death,” a misdemeanor, punishable by a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Peterson remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond pending a preliminary examination July 10.

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