Brandon man faces vehicular homicide charge after crash in Minnesota
July 02. 2014 9:50AM
A pickup truck struck and killed a 33-year-old woman who was riding her bike Monday morning just east of Hills, Minn.
Andrea Boeve, of Steen, Minn., was out for a morning bike ride with her two daughters, ages 4 and 1, she was pulling in a passenger trailer. The daughters were treated for injuries.
At 11:30 a.m., a 2003 Chevy pickup driven by Christopher Weber, 25, of Brandon, crossed the white line and struck Boeve, who was legally riding on the side of the road in the same direction as traffic, the Minnesota State Patrol says.
“There’s evidence that (Weber) was distracted by a cellphone, which contributed to the crash,” said Lt. Matt Sorenson of the Minnesota State Patrol.
Boeve and her daughters were wearing bicycle helmets, and the younger daughter also was strapped into a safety seat, Sorenson said. The 4-year-old suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung. The 1-year-old had minor injuries. Both were treated and released at a Luverne, Minn., hospital.
Weber was not injured but was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, Sorenson said.
He is being held in the Nobles (Minn.) County Jail, and is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. court hearing today.