Orange City, Iowa — A man who has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter after he was using his phone while driving will be speaking to Sioux County students later this month.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that on June 30, 2014 26-year-old, Chris Weber from Madison, South Dakota was involved in motor vehicle crash
near Steen, Minnesota on State Highway 270 that claimed the life of 33-year-old Andrea Boeve.
Boeve had been riding her bicycle pulling her two preschool-aged daughters, Claire and Mallorie, in a bike trailer. Chris was on his cell phone at the time of the accident and has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide. Chris has served a six-month jail sentence and will serve three more months next year and three
more in 2017.
On September 22, 2015 Chris Weber will be speaking at four Sioux County high schools about this incident.
- Western Christian High School – 9:15 a.m.
- Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School – 10:30 a.m.
- Netherlands Reformed Christian School – 12:45 p.m.
- Rock Valley Community School – 2:30 p.m.
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 will be shown as part of the presentations at the schools.
Matt Boeve says, “My hope is that this video will send a powerful message that no call or text is worth taking another person’s life on the road. Before this crash, that could have easily been me, but no longer do I use my cell phone while driving and I plea for everyone on the road to put the phone down. We miss Andrea more than anyone can imagine. I know that Andrea would be proud that we are making an effort to change habits to make Minnesota roads safer. This video allows my voice to be heard about the dangers of distracted driving, allowing me to focus on my girls and move forward with our lives.”