Friday, July 29, 2011

Memorial service set for ‘Speedy’ Peterson

Olympic star died Monday from self-inflicted gunshot wound


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A memorial service for Olympic star Jeret "Speedy' Peterson has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Boise State University.

According to news reports, a large gathering is expected for services that start at 3 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the BSU Student Union Building.

Peterson, a 29-year-old Boise native who won a silver medal in men's freestyle aerials at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., was found dead Monday night of a gunshot wound to the head in a remote canyon near Salt Lake City. According to The Associated Press, Peterson made a 911 call prior to his death and a suicide note was found near his vehicle. Police in Salt Lake County called Peterson's death a suicide.

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Peterson's death followed his arrest by Hailey police early last Friday morning for allegedly driving under the influence at an estimated speed of 70 miles per hour through the city. According to police reports, he earlier caused a disturbance at the Sun Valley Lodge and then left Sun Valley driving a silver 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup.

He was released from the Blaine County jail later Friday after posting $500 bond. Hailey attorney Douglas Nelson had entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Peterson on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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