Driver Arrested in Connection to Fatal Rosemount Crash Involving a Falling Boulder

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The video above is from a July 11 report.


Authorities say the driver of a truck that had a 600-to-800-pound boulder fall off and hit a vehicle, killing a mother and daughter, has been arrested. 

The Rosemount Police Department said 33-year-old Joe Czeck, owner of Czeck Services, was arrested Wednesday. 

The crash occurred Monday on Rich Valley Boulevard. Rosemount police said 67-year-old Karen Jean Christiansen and her daughter Jena Helene Christiansen, 32, died in the crash

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Police say the family's Toyota Avalon was headed north on Rich Valley Boulevard when the landscaping truck came up over a railroad crossing, and the boulder rolled off the truck.

Investigators were able to identify that the truck involved belonged to Czeck Services. The police department said investigators were able to determine Czeck was driving the vehicle at the time.

Authorities said Czeck was arrested in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday. 

Police said Czeck is being held in the Dakota County Jail and that charges are pending. 

On Thursday, a co-worker of Karen Christiansen, who worked at Dakota County Technical College, called her a sweet person who went out of her way to help students. 

"She touched hundreds of lives as people strived to improve themselves and help their families," Marlo Teal said.

Teal added, "We are devasted and hope her family can find peace after this tragic loss of mother and daughter."

Jana Kashmark, who took over Karen Christiansen's role at DCTC after Karen retired, said before the crash, she and Karen had lunch. Jena dropped her mother off at lunch, according to Kashmark, and picked her up afterward. They were killed while driving back to the home they shared in Shoreview.

 

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Ben Rodgers

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