Distracted Driver’s Message Hits Home
Date posted - September 24, 2015
Sioux County, Iowa — Students at four northwest Iowa schools learned an important lesson recently, from a unique perspective.
A man who was driving distracted and ended up striking a woman and killing her was the teacher.
On Tuesday, September 22, 26-year-old Chris Weber of Madison SD, spoke at four Sioux County schools. Weber was the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed 33-year-old Andrea Boeve on June 30, 2014 as she rode her bicycle with her two children on a highway near Steen. Weber’s message at the schools centered on the reason the accident happened: Weber’s own distracted driving that day by the use of his cell phone. Since the accident, Weber has pled guilty to a charge of criminal vehicular homicide in Minnesota.
Weber gave his message at Western Christian High School, Boyden‐Hull JR/SR High School, Netherlands Reformed Christian School and Rock Valley Community School. Weber’s message was delivered to students as well as members of the public and focused on reminding drivers to avoid using cell phones, as well as other distractions and that no distraction is worth causing someone’s injury or death.
Chris is featured in a video created by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Also featured in the video is Matt Boeve, Andrea’s husband. This video was shown as part of the presentations at the schools.