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Friends remember Minnesota mother killed in a bike accident

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A Brandon man is in jail Tuesday accused of killing a mother riding a bicycle with her children.

Christopher Weber is facing vehicular homicide charges.

The Minnesota Highway Patrol says the 25-year-old hit Andrea Boeve while she was biking with her girls on Highway 270 near Steen, Minn.

Troopers says she was following Minn. law when she was biking with her two little girls Monday. In Minn., bicyclists are required to be operating to the farthest right possible traveling in the same direction as traffic.

We're told that's just what Boeve was doing when she was struck. The Minn. State Patrol says they do not see many motor vehicle-bike crashes.

"We'll look at distractions, we'll look at alcohol, at whether they were tired or sleepy or drowsy. So when I say all these things, I'm not trying to pinpoint one or the other for the particular case but all those things will be looked at," said Lt. Bruce Erickson, Minn. State Patrol.

Boeve was a nurse practitioner at Sanford Orthopedics for a couple of years before she transferred to Sioux Falls. Her co-workers say her smile lit up every room she walked into.

"When she smiled you could feel her happiness and she spread that to you. You couldn't help but be in a good mood when you were with her. She made everyday better she was in it," said Shanelle Henning, Boeve's co-worker.

Boeve's co-workers spent more than two years getting to know the beautiful person inside and out they say Boeve was. The news of Boeve being killed in a bike-car accident was a nightmare.

"Shock, I think anytime somebody close to your own age group passes away is shocking but when it's unexpected it's even worse. And then just that it can't be. The doubt," said Erika Freking, Boeve's co-worker.

She was someone who'd give you the shirt off her back.

"Well I think she loved life you know. She always had a smile and seemed happy. And she loved her children and being a mom. She was a great person," said Julie Gerber, Boeve's co-worker.

"Just thinking about her family and her little girls being without their mom and remember who she was. The girls not ever being with her and not ever remembering that because they're so young. Just how much we have all lost such a great spirit," said Henning.

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