Amy Senser was on cell phone during fatal accident, police say

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Amy Senser was talking to her daughter when she killed a man, prosecutors allege
Amy Senser was talking on the phone when she ran over Anousone Phanthavong, a new revelation leading prosecutors to file a new criminal vehicular homicide charge against her for reckless driving.

The new charge means Senser faces three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for running over Phanthavong on the I-94 Riverside exit ramp last August. Phanthavong was filling his stalled car with gas when Senser hit him with her Mercedes.

Amy Senser has never denied running over Phanthavong but denies knowing that she hit him. Prosecutors allege she called one of her daughters at 11:08, and was talking to her when Amy hit Phanthavong at 11:10.

Senser's daughters were at a Katy Perry concert in St. Paul waiting for their mother that evening, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors were able to determine Senser was on her phone at the time of the accident due to "evidence turned over by the defense," according to the Pioneer Press.

More details are not available at this time.

When Amy and her husband, Joe Senser, realized she had been in a car crash the next morning, they called a lawyer. Nine days later, they revealed that Amy Senser was driving the Mercedes that night.

Her trial was scheduled for April 23 but could be pushed back due to the new charge of criminal vehicular homicide for reckless driving.

Phanthavong had been the head chef at True Thai restaurant before his death.

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AlbertaN
AlbertaN

why wasn't joe put in jail for aiding & betting for his wife when he new she killed the man next morning?? instead they called there lawyer & went to stillwater for 10 days????

Plmillerda
Plmillerda

she knew she hit somebody! she was under the influence and so she'll probably get manslaughter.. she was speeding and on cell phone and had alcohol in her blood .impaired driving..she feels like crap but doesnt want to go to jail.. oh she is a good person and gives and gives somebody said.. bad situation! I attended a M.A.D.D. impact panel this is the kind of stuff you hear from those panels.. If your going to drink have a plan!! I feel for the victim and the family!

Chris
Chris

I think her plan was that nothing was going to happen, and if it did, not to get caught.  Her alcohol tolerance level is probably that of a 19 year old marine in Okinawa (no offense to marines, they're awesome). Hope she has that sick feeling in her stomach right now as any decent person would...

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Did she pick up her daughter?  did they both not see the damage on the car then?  If she didn't pick up her daughter, where did she go instead?  When exactly did they notice the damage to the car and the blood on the car?

Some Guy
Some Guy

She didn't pick up her daughter.  She was "lost" so Joe went and picked up the girls at the concert...when they got home, Amy was sleeping (passed out?) on the couch on the porch.

JTP
JTP

She was drunk, why doesn't this story even mention that she was intoxicated!?!

Enoch Root
Enoch Root

They can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was drunk, since they covered everything up for over a week.  However, it is easy to prove she was on the cell phone, and with who (and that person can be forced to testify as to her condition).

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