Auburn man faces manslaughter charges after two die in boat crash

Victims ID'd as Penn Valley mother, daughter
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - An Auburn man was facing manslaughter charges after a Penn Valley mother and daughter were killed in a weekend collision of two powerboats on Lake Englebright in Yuba County. Jeffrey Joel Sandow, 54, was booked into Yuba County Jail early Sunday after a Saturday evening crash on the lake that took the lives of two people, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday. Sandow was held Monday in the Marysville lockup until posting $100,000 bail late in the day and being released. The victims in the crash were identified by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office as Cynthia Peterlin, 42, of Penn Valley, and her 12-year-old daughter, Sophi. Cynthia Peterlin’s husband, Paul Peterlin, 42, was driving their boat. He was taken to hospital with injuries suffered in the crash. Sandow was driving his motorboat with two passengers onboard when the collision took place at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said Yuba County Sheriff’s Lt. Damon Gil. One passenger in the Sandow boat was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries, an Associated Press report stated. The bodies of the two Peterlins were recovered from the water about an hour after the collision, Gil said in earlier news reports. The vehicular manslaughter counts include special allegations not specified in Yuba County Jail records. Gil said that alcohol was involved in the collision and told reporters that Sandow is suspected of driving while intoxicated, the AP report said. Lake Englebright, 35 miles northwest of Auburn and 15 miles west of Grass Valley, is a nine-mile-long reservoir tucked into a Yuba River gorge known as The Narrows. The area, bordering Nevada and Yuba counties, is open to slow-moving houseboats as well as powerboats similar to the two involved in Saturday’s crash. One of the two boats involved in the 6:30 p.m. crash was recovered with the aid of divers on Sunday, its side split open by apparent crash impact. Sandow was booked into jail in Marysville in the early morning hours of Sunday. A booking photo shows a glum-faced Sandow, his hair disheveled and his shoulders wrapped in what appears to be a blanket, averting his eyes from the camera. A message was left at the Sandow home in Auburn by the Journal but had not been responded to by late Monday. The Associated Press reports contributed to this story.