Truck driver charged after mother, daughter killed by flying boulder

Truck driver charged after mother, daughter killed by flying boulder

Truck driver charged after mother, daughter killed by flying boulder

Christiansen, 67, was driving with Jena H. Christiansen, 32, in a 2002 Toyota Avalon when the incident occurred, Rosemount police said in a news release.

Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving a Toyota Avalon north on Rich Valley Road about 4:50 p.m. when a boulder fell off a southbound truck, tumbled several times and hit her vehicle south of 125th Street, police said.

Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott called the accident a "very unique situation".

"I think you would have to know that it fell off the truck", said Scott.

The medical examiner's office says both women hailing from Shoreview died at the scene from blunt force head trauma.

Scott said the tragedy is a reminder of the law. "You're required by law to have whatever you are hauling secured in your vehicle", he says, per WCCO. 'So if you have a lawn mower or an ATV, UTV inside, you are responsible to make sure it's secure'.

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Restaurant manager Jena's boyfriend Ryan Killian said afterwards: 'She is the most wonderful person I have ever met.

"We had a connection like no other.my heart is broken. the world has lost an angel".

Jena Christiansen worked as a general manager for several Red Lobster restaurants in the area, her boyfriend said. She was so smart and attractive. You can see the boulder's in the back.

The man was booked into the Dakota County Jail. She would do anything for anyone who needed help she loved her family so much she had an wonderful sense of humor.

Investigators spoke with a contractor who confirmed they loaded a large boulder into a truck owned by Czeck on July 9. The workers reportedly told investigators that they saw the truck carrying boulders on Monday. (362 kilogram) boulder fell from a commercial truck and hit their auto. "She was with the company for over 15 years".

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