Two killed in vehicle accident in Petersburg

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

PETERSBURG (AP) -- The Southeast community of Petersburg is mourning the loss of two young people killed in a weekend vehicle accident.

Michael Rowe, 23, and Jessica Peterson, 14, were killed when their vehicle went off Sing Lee Alley Bridge in downtown Petersburg Friday night.

Police told KSTK radio that the wooden roadway was very ice and the Chevy sport utility vehicle skidded through the guardrail and fell into Hammer Slough.

Police, emergency medical technicians, the fire department and local harbor staff all responded to the scene. Attempts to resuscitate the victims were not successful. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Rowe was a friend of Peterson's older sister and he was giving Peterson a ride home after a high school basketball game.

Rowe was a 1999 graduate of Petersburg High School and Peterson was a freshman. The sudden loss of a student and former student hit the community hard and the school opened its doors Saturday morning for grieving students to gather and talk with counselors.

The school canceled its Saturday basketball games and several hundred people participated in a memorial walk to the accident site Saturday.

A memorial service for Peterson was held Monday night at the high school gym. A service for Michael Rowe will be held Thursday.

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