Sheriff: Second driver in fatal Lake Englebright boat crash appeared sober

Auburn man accused of double manslaughter faces October court date
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Authorities have found no sign of alcohol use by the second boat driver in a crash on Yuba County’s Lake Englebright that left two Penn Valley residents dead and an Auburn man accused of manslaughter. Auburn’s Jeffrey Joel Sandow, 54, was arrested on two manslaughter charges after the Saturday evening crash on the lake, located 35 miles northwest of Auburn. Sandow didn’t require medical help after the collision, 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 driving his wife and daughter in the motorboat that crashed with Sandow’s, remained in hospital Wednesday. A Sutter Roseville Medical Center spokesman said Paul Peterlin was in serious condition – a status that was unchanged from when he was admitted late Saturday. Lt. Damon Gil, of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that investigators had determined Paul Peterlin “had no obvious signs of alcohol consumption.” Gil had earlier stated that alcohol was involved in the collision and that Sandow is suspected of driving while intoxicated. Sandow was booked into the Yuba County Jail in Marysville on Sunday morning and released after making the $100,000 bail amount on Monday. A court date in Yuba County has been scheduled for Oct. 16. The crash took place on the water across from Long’s Cove, about two miles northeast of Skippers Cove Marina near the Englebright Dam. The lake is a nine-mile-long reservoir that snakes along a Yuba River gorge known as The Narrows. The bodies of Sophi and Cynthia Peterlin were recovered late Saturday from the water. Sophi Peterlin was wearing a life jacket while her mother was observed by rescuers to not have one on, Gil said.