Man Charged in Fatal Rosemount Crash Involving Falling 1,100-Pound Boulder

July 13, 2018 01:28 PM

The video above is from a July 11 report.

A Hastings man has been charged in connection to a fatal crash in Rosemount where a large boulder fell from a truck, hit a vehicle and killed the two occupants, according to court records.


A criminal complaint states Joseph Paul Czeck faces four counts of criminal vehicular homicide, two for causing a collision and leaving the scene and two for gross negligence. 

Czeck made his first appearance in court on Friday. A judge set a $30,000 bail with conditions and a $70,000 bail without conditions. 

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The complaint said authorities were called around 4:30 p.m. Monday to Rich Valley Boulevard. When officers arrived, they located a car on the west shoulder of the road. They also located a 1,100-pound boulder, according to the complaint. 

Authorities determined the boulder hit the car, killing the driver and passenger. The complaint identified the two as 67-year-old Karen Jean Christiansen and her daughter Jena Helene Christiansen, 32.

Surveillance footage from a nearby business showed a truck carrying large boulders on Rich Valley Road. After crossing railroad tracks, an unsecured boulder flew out of the back of the truck, crossed the centerline and bounced through the windshield of Christiansen's vehicle, according to the complaint.

The complaint said the truck continued on after the boulder fell out of the back. After continuing to travel a short distance, the driver of the truck pulled over and parked in a driveway. Surveillance video showed a person walking around the outside of the truck before it pulled out of the driveway, the complaint said. 

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A witness who drove past the truck while it was parked in the driveway said they saw a man outside strapping large boulders down. The complaint said surveillance video prior to the crash showed it appeared the truck was carrying unstrapped boulders. 

The complaint said authorities were later able to locate a contractor who said he helped load a large boulder into a truck owned by Czeck. The contractor confirmed the truck from the surveillance video belonged to Czeck.

Czeck was arrested Wednesday in Inver Grove Heights.


Ben Rodgers

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