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Truck driver charged in deaths of 2 women killed by falling boulder

Posted: 10:04 AM, Jul 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-13 14:04:21Z

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — A man has been charged after a mother and daughter were killed when an 800-pound boulder fell from the truck that police say he was driving and smashed into their car in suburban St. Paul.

Police say 33-year-old Joseph Czeck is charged with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in the crash in Rosemount, Minnesota, on Monday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Karen Christiansen and her 32-year-old daughter, Jena Christiansen, died at the scene.

The Star Tribune  reports Czeck, of Hastings, was arrested after police found his landscaping truck Wednesday night. Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott says it isn't clear whether Czeck was aware that the boulder had fallen from the truck.

It's not clear whether he has hired an attorney who can speak on his behalf.