UPDATE: Bail set in Rock County bicycle death casePublished by on
3:00 p.m. UPDATE
LUVERNE – Bail was set Wednesday afternoon at $20,000 with conditions for Christopher Michael Weber, age 25, who was charged in Rock County District Court with two counts of vehicular homicide or operation in the death of Andrea Boeve of Steen.
According to the criminal complaint, Boeve was riding her bicycle eastbound Monday on Highway 270 at about 11:28 a.m. pulling her two children in a trailer when she was struck by Weber’s pickup, which was also eastbound. Weber allegedly told law enforcement he was accessing online banking on his cell phone and looking to see what button to push while he was driving, and didn’t see Boeve. He told the Minnesota State Trooper he felt a thump and looked in his rear-view mirror. He stopped immediately and asked a traveler behind him to call 911.
When the trooper arrived at the scene, Weber and another person were performing CPR on Boeve. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The two children, ages 4 and 1, received non-life threatening injuries.
Weber, a member of the Army National Guard who served a tour in Afghanistan four years ago, is originally from Madison, South Dakota. According to information Judge Gordon Moore read from a bail study in court, Weber has been living in Hills with a co-worker for the past 10 months. Under questioning in court, Weber said he works as an electrician and was living in Brandon, SD, before moving to Hills. He is the father of two children.
Assistant Rock County Attorney Jeff Haubrich asked for a bail amount of $50,000 with no condition or $20,000 with conditions, which include staying in contact with the court, reporting any change of address, limiting travel to the states of Minnesota, South Dakota or Iowa unless approved by the court, no operation of commercial vehicles and no cell phone use while operating a vehicle.
Weber offered no objection to the bail amounts, and Judge Moore agreed to Haubrich’s request.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Moore signed an order granting Weber a public defender. Weber’s next court date is set for July 14.
LUVERNE – Charges were filed this morning in Rock County District Court against 25-year-old Christopher Weber of Brandon, SD, the man who was driving the pick-up that struck and killed Andrea Boeve of Steen on Monday.
Weber is charged with one felony and one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular homicide or operation.
The criminal complaint states Weber allegedly admitted upon questioning by a Minnesota State Trooper he was using his cell phone at the time he struck Boeve’s bicycle. He said he was on mobile banking listening to menu options and looking at his phone to see what button he needed to push.
He allegedly told the trooper he came up over a hill and didn’t see the woman on the bike at all, just heard a thump and looked in his rear-view mirror and saw the bike. He pulled over and ran back toward the woman, thinking she was alone.
He asked another person traveling behind him to call 911, and another person took control of the children. When a trooper arrived on the scene, Weber and another man were performing CPR on Boeve. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Weber will make an appearance in Rock County District Court this afternoon. He is currently being held at the Nobles County Jail.
The accident took place near mile marker 5 at approximately 11:28 a.m. just up the road from the Boeve residence.