John Peterson charged in death of Kandyce Stoffel

Kandyce Stoffel

Kandyce Stoffel

John R. Peterson has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after he allegedly ran down and killed former U student Kandyce Stoffel at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses said she had spurned his advances earlier at a Dinkytown bar.

She was walking with another man, 25-year-old Travis Smith, when they were hit by Peterson's car near the intersection of Fourth Street and 12th Avenue Southeast.


Student Megan Sheley told the Minnesota Daily:

"He didn't have a shirt on ... I don't know why. I think he was just in shock and didn't know what he was doing," Sheley said of Peterson. "He had his hands on his head and he was hovering over the girl and yelling 'Please wake up!' "

Both Stoffel and Smith were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He was treated for injuries. She died on Monday.

Peterson is from Maplewood, and coaches tennis at Mahtomedi High School. When he was arrested early Sunday, a preliminary breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .164 -- twice the legal limit. He's being held at the Hennepin County jail.

Stoffel, 23, was from Mound. A track star at Mankato West High School, she worked part time in real real estate, according to her obituary in the Mankato Free Press. The Star Tribune reported that she was the niece of Becky Taylor, the wife of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.