A Storden man is facing a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide after allegedly running a stop sign and causing a fatal accident that killed a Lamberton teen near Windom last year. On December 20th, a truck driven by 78-year-old John Tibodeau was traveling eastbound on Cottonwood County Road 22 when it entered the intersection with County Road 4 and struck a Pontiac driven by 18-year-old Courtney Christensen. Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness to the crash told police that the truck caught her attention because it was traveling fast as it approached the intersection and went through the stop sign. Tibodeau told law enforcement that he knew there was a stop sign there and he doesn’t know why he didn’t stop. He said he was talking to his wife who was a passenger in his vehicle at the time of the crash. Tibodeau said he saw the car coming but it was too late to react. The complaint notes that Tibodeau lived just 5 miles away from where the crash occurred and his wife said they took the route often. A crash reconstruction determined that both vehicles were traveling approximately 55 miles per hour when they collided.


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