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State v. Petersen

Oregon Court of Appeals
522 P.2d 912 (1974)


Petersen (defendant) and Mike Barlow were driving in Petersen’s pickup truck when they saw Daniel Warren and Richard Wille at a gas station. Wille told Petersen he wanted to race his Chevrolet Nova against Petersen’s truck. In a residential area of town, the two vehicles drag raced and reached speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. At some point prior to coming to an intersection, Petersen began to decelerate his truck and brought it to a complete stop. Wille passed Petersen without slowing, entered the intersection, and collided with a truck. Wille and Warren were killed. Petersen was charged with manslaughter and two other charges, was convicted by a jury, and he appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Tanzer, J.)

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