Andrew Zimmern tweets in support of Chef Phanthavong, Amy Senser's victim
Phanthavong had worked at True Thai since 2002. He was the restaurant's head cook until Amy Senser ran him over on the Riverside exit of I-94 last August. A Hennepin County judge ruled Friday that Senser will stand trial for criminal vehicular homicide in April.
Zimmern tweeted that story later along with the following comment: "Chef phanthavong to finally have his senseless death exposed/detailed in court of law."
The Senser case has been deeply contentious since Amy Senser turned herself in to police and admitted that she was the one driving the vehicle that killed Phanthavong. (Senser contends she did not know that she had hit Phanthavong.)
To many, the Senser case is a referendum on power and privilege. Amy Senser killed Phanthavong, an immigrant from Laos, while he was filling up his car with gasoline. Amy Senser is the wife of ex-Vikings star Joe Senser, with many friends in the local press.
True Thai owner Anna Prasomphol criticized local media in the aftermath of Phanthavong's killing, singling out WCCO's Esme Murphy, MPR's Bob Collins, and Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum as going easy on Senser.
"There's no one to talk for the family," she told City Pages last September. "Everybody else--the Senser family has a lot of people, friends in the media. And [Phanthavong] basically has just me."
With Zimmern's tweet, Prasomphol can take comfort in knowing that there are people out there on Phanthavong's side.
Chef phanthavong to finally have his senseless death exposed/detailed in court of lawbit.ly/wuwiYc— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) March 9, 2012
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