Friday, 20 July, 2018

Former West Bend resident/daughter killed by boulder in Minnesota

Karen Christiansen 67 and her 32-year-old daughter Jena died when an 800 lb. boulder was dislodged from a dump truck that had gone over some train tracks. The driver of the truck was arrested Man arrested after rock falls from lorry and kills mum and daughter
Melinda Barton | 14 July, 2018, 14:45

A mother and daughter from Shoreview were killed Monday, July 9, when their auto was struck by a boulder that fell off a commercial truck in Rosemount, police say.

Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving with her daughter, Jena Christiansen, 32, in Rosemount, Minnesota, Monday afternoon when the massive boulder dislodged from the back of the truck and crashed into their 2002 Toyota Avalon, the Rosemount Police Department said. The medical examiner's office says both women died at the scene from blunt force head trauma.

The bolder was so heavy it took four firefighters to move it, according to reports.

Investigators figured out the truck, shown here in this photo taken shortly after the accident, belonged to Czeck Services, which lead them to the driver.

By Wednesday, Czeck was booked into jail on criminal vehicular homicide charges. "We had a connection like no other.my heart is broken. the world has lost an angel", Jena's boyfriend Ryan Kilian told KSTP. The vehicle sits in the driveway for about two minutes and then the driver turns the truck around.

Detectives tracked down Czeck thanks to a security camera at the Pine Bend Refinery that captured the truck driving away from the accident, police said.

According to Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott, it appeared the rock had not been properly secured on the truck.

Investigators worked with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to enhance the video to try and identify the name of the company listed on the truck's door. In the statement, he called Jena the most "amazing" woman that he has ever met before saying that she made him into the man that he is today.