Skip to main content

Update: Driver charged with hitting, killing mom on bicycle

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A South Dakota man faces felony charges for hitting and killing a 33-year old bicyclist with his pickup truck Monday on a highway in southwestern Minnesota.

Andrea L. Boeve of Steen, Minnesota, was cycling eastbound along Highway 270 in Rock County around 11:30 a.m. Monday, pulling her two daughters in a bike trailer, when she was hit by a Chevy pickup truck traveling in the same direction, the State Patrol says.

According to the Argus Leader, authorities say the driver of the truck, 25-year-old Christopher Weber of South Dakota, was distracted by his cell phone and drifted across the white line along the side of the highway before hitting Boeve's bicycle.

Boeve, who was wearing a bicycle helmet, died at the scene. Her daughters, ages 1 and 4, were taken to Sanford Luverne Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Weber was not injured. He faces one count of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation, and is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

This embed is invalid

Bicycle crashes in Minnesota

In 2013, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a 10-year study of traffic accidents in the state. In the most recent year available (2012), the report says there were 920 crashes involving bicycles. Seven people died as a result of a crash, but only 26 of those crashes and two of those deaths occurred in a city or townships with a population of less than 1,000.

Highway 270 is on the northern edge of Steen, Minnesota, which – according to Google's U.S. Census Bureau data set – has a population of about 180 people. (Rock County, meanwhile, has a total population of just under 10,000).

The report says more than 93 percent of bike crashes in 2012 happened in cities where the population was more than 5,000. Five of the year's seven total deaths happened in those larger cities as well.

In addition, the report says males were three times as likely to be injured in a bicycle crash than females, and in nearly half the accidents, bikers were riding with traffic – they were riding against traffic only about 6 percent of the time.

The overall 2012 numbers are below the recent five-year average for bike crashes (944 per year) and fatalities (11 per year).

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.

ambulance

Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Related