Driver charged after boulder flies off truck, killing mother and daughter

The rock was not secured on the truck, charges say.
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The driver involved in a double fatal incident that saw a boulder fall from his truck and hit a car, killing a mother and daughter, has been charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Joseph Paul Czeck, 33, of Hastings, was driving a truck carrying boulders southbound on Rich Valley Boulevard in Rosemount on Monday when one of the rocks fell off the truck as he drove over railroad tracks.

Witnesses saw the 1,100-pound boulder "bouncing down the roadway" before it crashed into a Toyota Avalon containing Jean Christiansen, 67, and her 32-year-old daughter Jena Christiansen.

Both were killed by the impact.

The criminal complaint against Czeck says he left the scene of the crash.

A witness saw him minutes later a short distance away strapping down the remaining boulders on his vehicle, which is owned by his company, Czeck Services.

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Surveillance footage later showed that the boulders were not strapped down at the time of the collision.

Czeck was tracked down through a contractor, who said he'd loaded a large boulder onto Czeck's truck at 3 p.m. that afternoon, with the fatal incident happening at 4:38 p.m.

Police later found the truck outside a home in Inver Grove Heights, with Czeck inside the property. He did not provide a statement when questioned by police.

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