The 25-year-old South Dakota driver who hit and killed a Minnesota bicyclist Monday near Steen, Minnesota is facing up to 13 years in prison.
Authorities arrested Christopher Weber for vehicular homicide and vehicular injury after he hit 33-year-old Andrea Boeve who was riding her bike on Minnesota Highway 270 just before noon on Monday. Court documents say Weber was driving a pick-up truck and distracted by his phone after calling into an automated mobile banking service.
Weber made his first court appearance Wednesday. The 25-year-old Madison, South Dakota native is a South Dakota National Guard member who helped sweep for roadside bombs in Afghanistan during a deployment between 2009 and 2010. Weber also received an award for sandbagging in the Dakota Dunes area during the flooding on the Missouri River in 2011.
“This is a tough situation for everybody but from what I know of him he’s a good soldier and a pretty good young man,” Chaplain Captain David Stimes of the South Dakota National Guard said after court Wednesday. “I’m also praying for the (Boeve) family and as a pastor my heart and my prayers most of all go out to them.”
Court documents say first responders found Weber administering CPR to Boeve when they arrived on the scene.
Weber is being held on a $20,000 bond on conditions that he not leave the tri-state area, not drive while using a phone and not operate commercial vehicles.
Boeve's two young children were in a bike trailer during the crash. Her one-year-old daughter has been treated and released. Her four-year-old daughter has a broken rib and punctured lung. Authorities say Boeve and her daughters were all wearing helmets.