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Chippewa Falls man charged with homicide in fatal hit-and-run

Christopher Peterson 16x9

Chippewa County (WQOW) - Homicide charges were filed on Friday against a man accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian back in May.

Christopher J. Peterson is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in death.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County Court:

Authorities said they came across Dennis Mohr who had been hit by a vehicle early in the day on May 2. He was pronounced dead.

An officer also found a yellow wagon and a piece of a vehicle at the scene.

Authorities were able to determine the vehicle part belonged to a Hummer H2.

An officer remembered seeing a Hummer in the area previously and was able to find one parked at Peterson's with damage to the front bumper.

There was also yellow paint underneath the vehicle, believed to be from the wagon.

When authorities spoke to Peterson he admitted to hitting something yellow on his way home.

Authorities say Peterson was going 51 mph when he hit Mohr. They add there was no sign of braking.

In court last month before charges were filed, prosecutors said Peterson admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident.

If convicted on both charges, Peterson faces a maximum of 35 years in prison.

Clint Berge

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