Police identify 36-year-old Vespa rider killed in North Austin collision


Austin police on Tuesday identified the driver of a Vespa moped who was killed in a collision last weekend in North Austin as 36-year-old Christopher M. Peterson.

According to a preliminary police investigation, Peterson was heading south in the 10700 block of North Lamar Boulevard around 1:20 a.m. Sunday when he crossed into oncoming traffic. A Toyota Corolla traveling north collided with the Vespa, police said.

Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call police detectives at 512-974-5594.

Peterson in the 70th person to die on Austin roads so far in 2017, police said. At this time last year, police tallied 73 traffic deaths.


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