Anderson sentenced to Probation in fatal accident

A Fond du Lac man initially accused of driving while intoxicated when he hit an killed a pedestrian in November 2017 was sentenced in court Thursday. Peter R. Anderson was convicted in December of Knowingly Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid License. Judge Richard Nuss sentenced Anderson Thursday to three years of probation and 12 months of conditional jail. Eight months of that sentence was held at the discretion of Anderson’s probation agent, meaning its likely Anderson only serves four months of jail time. 

Anderson hit 54-year-old Jeffrey Koenigs with his pickup truck as Koenigs crossed the street at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Second Street around 1:30 am on November 18th, 2017. After initially facing charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, and operating while intoxicated, a blood test determined Anderson’s blood alcohol level was .05, which is under the legal limit of .08. Those initial charges were read into the record and dismissed. 

Sara Koenigs, the wife of Jeffrey Koenigs stated: “My family has been through a lot.. a fraction of which would break most people. We’ll get through this together, the same way we’ve faced our other tragedies. That being said I’d like to say that if one positive thing could come of this— I hope that it is a reminder to everyone that when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle you are literally taking people’s lives into your hands. It is a great responsibility. Please drive safely.”

According to District Attorney Toney, “Jeff’s death is a tragic loss that shouldn’t have happened…no judicial sentence can bring Jeff or any loved one back…”