Salem man charged in hit and run death

Note: This story updated with material from court records after original version was posted. — DH

Ryan Peterson, 39, of Salem, faces two felony charges death in the Sunday death of a Trevor bicyclist.

The charge relates to the Sunday evening death of Jackie Hutcheson Jr., 29, who was riding a bicycle along Highway JF in Trevor. The Sheriff’s Departments says Hutcheson was struck from behind by a vehicle, which then left the scene. The crash was reported at about 9:45 p.m.  Deputies determined that the vehicle involved was likely a dark-colored Volvo.

Peterson, who appeared in court Tuesday, has been charged with hit and run-involve death and homicide by negligent operation/vehicle.

“The wife of Mr. Peterson contacted the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department after reading the Media Release that was published on 09-18-17 which included the location of the incident,” the latest KCSD media release said. “This is the same area where Mr. Peterson reported to his wife that he thought he struck a deer the night before (09-17-17) at approximately the time reported.”

Hutcheson died at the scene from his injuries.

Peterson’s 2002 black Volvo has been recovered and is in  Sheriff’s Department custody, the release said.

UPDATE Sept. 20 — Sheriff David Beth sent out a statement on Wednesday elaborating on how Peterson became known to the sheriff’d department regarding this crash: “Please be advised that the wife of Ryan Peterson DID NOT turn her husband in on this hit and run accident. The wife saw in the morning news reports that there was a hit and run accident the night before near their home and called her husband at work since he told her he hit a deer the night before. He came home from work and both Mr. and Mrs. Peterson together traveled to Westosha Central High School where she knows the School Resource Officer, Deputy David Wright, and the two of them advised the Deputy that they now believed Ryan Peterson was involved in the fatal hit and run. … They both came together to a deputy she trusted at the school she worked to assist in closing the terrible tragedy.”

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