Amy Senser charged with felony in fatal hit-and-run

The wife of former Viking Joe Senser turned herself in to authorities this morning and faces a charge for criminal vehicular operation. She says she was driving the vehicle when Anousone Phanthavong was killed.
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The wife of former Viking Joe Senser was charged with criminal vehicular homicide Thursday, after turning herself in for her alleged role in a fatal hit-and-run.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman tells KARE 11 that more charges against Amy Senser for her role in the death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, of Roseville, are likely. If found guilty of criminal vehicular homicide, Amy Senser faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

KSTP-TV reports the attorney for Phanthavong's family, Jim Schwebel, says the Senser family have 'failed to cooperate with the investigation.'

Schwebel tells City Pages there are several things he wants to come out at the trial -- like whether Amy Senser was drinking at the time of the accident -- a Mike's Hard Lemonade cap was reportedly found inside the Mercedes SUV -- and if she was alone in the car.

Investigators say Phanthavong ran out of gas and was struck and killed while filling his car with gas on the shoulder of a ramp at I-94 and Riverside in Minneapolis on Aug. 23.

KSTP-TV reported last week that police are not buying Amy Senser's story about her involvement. The report claims the investigation has now turned to Senser's four daughters.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's report ruled the hit-and-run as an accidental death. The examiner's office says Phanthavong died of multiple blunt force injuries that were consistent with an accident and not intentional.

MPR News reports Phanthavong's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sensers last week, seeking at least $50,000 in damages.

Phanthavong was the head cook at True Thai Restaurant in Minneapolis. In her blog, True Thai owner Anna Prasomphol Fieser voiced her outrage over the portrayal of the Sensers. She claims the media is being too sympathetic to them, while not choosing to hear the victim's family out.

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