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Driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in distracted driving case

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) — The driver responsible for the deaths of two people and the critical injuries of another entered a plea in court this morning.

Speaking through tears at the defense stand, Tanner Kruckeberg pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular homicide that led to the horrific car accident that took the lives of Rachel and Emerson Harberts.

Kruckeberg was charged in connection with a September car crash, driving a Hummer while distracted before it rear ended a car carrying the woman and her daughter, killing them.

The 12-year old son and brother, Jaxon Harberts, survived the crash with serious injuries.

Prosecuting attorney Corey Rothrock described the case as “Horrific.”

Kruckeberg reportedly had 13 prior traffic violations, most of them relating to speeding.

Court documents also say Kruckeberg was using an online app at the time of the collision.

KTTC Staff

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