Man charged with criminal vehicular homicide in case of women killed by boulder falling off truck 

He remains behind bars on 70-thousand dollars bail.

Adam Carter
July 13, 2018 - 1:57 pm

A Hastings man now faces four counts of criminal vehicular homicide after a boulder fell off his truck killing a mother and daughter driving in another car.   

The accident happened Monday on Rich Valley Road in Rosemount, that's when police say the 11-hundred pound boulder fell off 33-year-old Joe Czeck's commercial truck. It smashed into a Toyota Avalon, killing 67-year old Karen Christiansen and 32-year old Jena Christiansen — both of Shoreview.

Police believe Zek knew what happened and sped off.  But the crash was captured on a nearby surveillance camera, according to Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott. Scott says officers took the image to neighboring construction and development sites asking workers if they recognized the truck.

“In a neighboring city, we came across a development site that recognized the vehicle. They even stated that they had loaded the boulders up that day, on Monday, and they were able to provide us with a name of the company,” Scott said.

On Wednesday night, police arrested Czeck without incident.

He remains behind bars on 70-thousand dollars bail.