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Byron man convicted of criminal vehicular homicide

April 12, 2019 GMT

A Byron man was found guilty last week in the death of another Byron man after their vehicles collided head-on.

Jordan Christopher Wilde, 22, was convicted in Olmsted County District Court on April 4 of felony criminal vehicular homicide-operate a vehicle with negligence under the influence of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the charge on June 24 by Judge Lisa Hayne.

Wilde was driving west in the eastbound lane of Olmsted County Road 4, also known as Valleyhigh Road Northwest, on Dec. 31, 2016, when his car crashed into an eastbound car driven by Daniel Joseph Pyfferoen, 60, also of Byron, according to court documents.

Wilde was traveling about 62 mph at the time of the crash.

Pyfferoen’s vehicle ended up in the south ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilde gave a brief statement at the scene to a deputy, denying drinking any alcohol, but admitting he’d smoked marijuana prior to the collision, according to court documents. Wilde was under the influence of THC and alprazolam, a controlled substance that’s sold under the brand name Xanax, according to court records.