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Rice: Man Found Guilty of Causing Crash That Injured Port Washington Father

The defendant faces up to 25 years in prison.

A Bayville man was convicted Thursday of depraved-indifference assault while driving high on drugs and causing a crash in December 2009 that left a Port Washington resident with a permanent traumatic brain injury.

Prosecutors said Peder Jakobson, 28, was on his way home from a Phish concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5 , 2009, when he crashed his Jeep Grand Cherokee into the back of Port Washington resident Joseph Petrone’s BMW sport utility vehicle. The incident occurred on Northern Boulevard in Old Brookville, near C.W. Post.

Petrone, a husband and father of three, suffered a traumatic brain injury, requiring immediate brain surgery to survive. He spent two weeks in a coma, and to this day, suffers memory and vision loss.

At the time of the crash, Jakobson had seven different drugs active in his blood, including cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, n-benzylpiperazine, valium, ketamine, and methadone. 

Police say they found marijuana, cocaine, and hypodermic needles in Jakobson’s jacket pockets after the crash, along with clean urine samples and an empty four-foot tall tank of nitrous oxide.

The Nassau County Police Crime Lab tested samples of marijuana, cocaine, and methadone, before the lab, , closed. Those samples were then re-tested by Philadelphia-based NMS Laboratories, confirming the accuracy of the County lab tests.

“The extent of planning the defendant engaged in to continue getting drugs and to remain impaired, and the amount of narcotics found in his system, is mind-boggling,” Nassau County District Attorney Rice stated. “What is truly shocking, however, is that he then got behind the wheel of his car. Peder Jakobson’s depraved choice has caused permanent harm to Mr. Petrone and his family.”

Judge Tammy Robbins convicted Jakobson of depraved indifference assault, assault, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, two counts of driving while impaired by drugs, three counts of possession of a hypodermic needle, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, and reckless driving.

Jakobson faces 25 years in prison at an August 8 sentencing. His attorney, Dennis Lemke, did not immediately return calls for comment. 

Jennifer Scotto-Robinson June 18, 2011 at 01:07 AM
I have known Mr. Petrone for many years, and a few years ago I just happened to move onto his block in PW. He is a sweet, loving, hard-working man. What this drugged-up jerk did to him is absolutely terrible, and I believe he deserves a longer sentence than 25 years! Mr. Petrone, while strong and healing well, has to deal with his injuries for the rest of his life. Peder should suffer for the rest of his life too. (Just my opinion...please no haters or hurtful comments directed at me. Sorry, Patch is known for sometimes allowing those kind of comments to sit and linger.)
clair June 18, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Very nice Jenn!!!
Art June 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Increase the penalty for driving while impaired and have very strict enforcement. This is happening far to often and too many families are suffering as a result.
Ben June 18, 2011 at 01:52 PM
This has changed Pertone's life forever and the driver should be punshed but is there a better punishment than prison? Rather than prison is there another way this criminal can pay for his crime? Mr. Pertone will most likely collect some money from an insurance company and like all settlements that money will come and go why not have the criminal working hard making monthly payments to this victim for 25 years instead of prison?
John M. Belanich June 18, 2011 at 02:59 PM
John Are you sure that Jakobson will "work hard", make a lot of money and then share it with Mr. Pertone. Putting Jakobson away for a long time will at least ensure that he is no longer a threat to the Pertone's and the rest of us. Prison should not be about revenge; it's purpose should be about keeping us safe from people that have no regard for your family or mine.

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