A landscape truck driver has been arrested after a fatal accident that claimed the lives of two Minnesota women.
The incident happened on Monday just before 5 p.m. in Rosemount, Minnesota.
According to a news release from the Rosemount Police Department, Karen Christiansen, 67 and her daughter, Jena Christiansen, 32, were traveling north in a 2002 Toyota on Rich Valley Road when an 800 pound boulder became dislodged and fell off of a southbound commercial vehicle also on Rich Valley Road. The boulder smashed into the Toyota, causing both women to suffer “significant trauma.”
The women were later pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the landscape truck involved in the incident did not stop.
Using security camera footage, police were able to determine that the truck was owned by Czeck Services and that 33 year old Joe P. Czeck was behind the wheel at the time of the fatal accident.
On Wednesday night, the Rosemount Police Department took Czeck into custody, where he is being held pending charges.
It isn’t clear whether Czeck was aware that the boulder fell off of the truck, but local police say that they suspect he knew something was amiss. “We feel that he knew, but … we don’t know what he was thinking,” Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott told the Minnesota Star Tribune.