Kenai man charged in fatal highway crash

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Kenai man is charged with second degree murder in the highway deaths of an Anchorage couple last fall.

Erwin J. Petterson, 28, was arrested at his home Monday evening.

The charges stem from a fatal motor vehicle collision in October at Milepost 65.5. Petterson was traveling north on the Seward Highway at a high rate of speed and passing several vehicles. Troopers said Petterson and his passenger, Jon Douglas, 31 of Kenai, were watching a DVD movie on an in-dash DVD player at the time.

Petterson crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided with Robert Weiser, 60, and his wife Donna Weiser, 56, in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The couple died as a result of the collision.

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