Victim, suspect identified in fatal Altoona hit-and-run

29-year-old Jonathan Peacock was killed when he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning.
Brendan Barkovich
Brendan Barkovich(Eau Claire County Jail)
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 1:23 PM CDT
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - A 29-year-old Altoona man is dead after being hit by a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old Eau Claire man early Sunday morning, according to police.

The Altoona Police Department said in a release Tuesday that 29-year-old Jonathan Peacock was killed walking alongside westbound Highway 12 between McCann Drive and 10th Street West in Altoona when he was hit by a 2017 Ford Explorer driven by 35-year-old Brendan Barkovich in the early morning of Sunday, July 3.

Barkovich and the vehicle he was driving were both found later in the day Sunday and taken into custody, according to police. Altoona Police said that they initially arrived to the scene of the crash at 5:16 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian.

Barkovich is being recommended for charges of hit-and-run causing death and possession of cocaine, according to a release by the Altoona Police Department. He has not yet been charged in court. He was cited by Altoona police for “failure to notify police of an accident.” Barkovich is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, June 6.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and Altoona Police Department investigated the crash scene.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that Highway 12 westbound was closed for over four hours, from 5:30 until 9:41 a.m., on Sunday while the crash was investigated.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Altoona Police Department at 715-839-4972, Crime Stoppers at 715-874-8477 (TIPS) or to submit a tip anonymously via the P3 Tips mobile app or at eauclairecountycrimestoppers.org.

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