Officer Peterson succumbed to injuries sustained six days earlier when a vehicle collided with his police motorcycle at the intersection of Market Street and Chambers Street. Officer Peterson was on patrol at 0115 hours when the incident occurred. The driver of the car that struck him took him to City Hospital and then fled the scene without giving his name. Officer Peterson died six days later.
Officer Peterson had been with the agency for 3.5 years and was assigned to the Traffic Division.