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Dodge County man pleads guilty in distracted driving crash that killed a woman and her daughter

24-year-old Kruckeberg plead guildy to one count of vehicular homicide and awaits his sentencing date.
Rachel Harberts and her daughter Emerson died in the wake of a violent crash in southern MN September 7. Son Jaxson suffered critical injuries but will survive. (KTTC)

MANTORVILLE, Minn. — According to court documents, 24-year-old Tanner Kruckeberg has plead guilty to one count of vehicular homicide that led to the deaths of 8-year-old Emerson Harberts and her 43-year-old mother Rachel Harberts, as well as the injury of Rachel's 12-year-old son. 

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The crash occurred back in September 2018, with authorities alleging that Kruckeberg had been using a phone app when he rear-ended a stopped car on Highway 14 in Claremont.

Eight-year-old Emerson died at the scene, and Rachel was taken off life support one week after the crash.

Sister station KTTC reports Kruckeberg had 13 previous traffic violations with most of them pertaining to speeding.  

His sentencing date has yet to be determined. 

KTTC says his conviction could carry a sentence of up to 57 months in prison, in addition to 10 years of probation.