Manslaughter suspect in two boat-crash deaths awaits first court date

Auburn’s Jeffrey J. Sandow arrested after Sept. 15 crash that killed Penn Valley mother, daughter
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - An Auburn man arrested after a boat crash that left two dead has had his first court date pushed back. Jeffrey Joel Sandow, 54, was initially slated to appear in a Yuba County courtroom this past week for arraignment on manslaughter charges in connection with the Sept. 15 crash on Lake Englebright. Yuba County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Damon Gil said Friday that the report from the investigation is now with the District Attorney, which will make a determination on charges and when Sandow’s first appearance in court will be. The Yuba County District Attorney’s Office has yet to file formal charges at the Marysville court offices. Gil added that authorities are still waiting for blood toxicology results that will be included as part of the case against Sandow. As well, the Sheriff’s Office has been asked to find and interview witnesses who may have been on the lake around the time the crash occurred, he said. “We’re trying to track down additional witnesses but the bulk of the report is with the District Attorney’s Office,” Gil said. Sandow was arrested on manslaughter charges after the crash, which resulted in the deaths of Penn Valley resident Cynthia Peterlin, 42, and her daughter, 12-year-old Sophi Peterlin. Paul Peterlin, 42, who was driver of the boat Sandow’s craft collided with, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Sandow, who did not require medical help after the collision, is suspected of driving while intoxicated, according to a Yuba County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said after the crash. Paul Peterlin showed no signs of intoxication, Gil said. The court date had been scheduled for Oct. 16 but that date has now been pushed back, with no specific date scheduled. Sandow is currently free on bail. Phone calls to his Auburn number have not been returned.