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Joe Senser’s wife was driving SUV in fatal hit and run

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An attorney for the family of former Vikings tight end Joe Senser says it was Senser’s wife who was driving an SUV that struck and killed a pedestrian and then fled the scene on August 23.

The Sensers had previously admitted that it was their SUV that killed the man, but until late Friday — 10 days after the crash — they were refusing to say who was driving. It’s not clear what led them to tell police on Friday that it was Amy Senser behind the wheel, but Eric Nelson, the Senser family’s attorney, says Amy Senser is grieving.

Ms. Senser is not faring very well,” Nelson said. “She is a wreck.”

The family of the deceased, 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, is also grieving. Their lawyer, Jim Schwebel, says he thinks Amy Senser’s decision to leave the scene will make it very difficult for authorities to determine if she was intoxicated. And he said his clients want to know why the Senser family waited so long to admit Amy was driving.

It would have been much better if they would come forth without putting the taxpayers of the state of Minnesota and the State Patrol, and us, through the work of determining who the driver was,” Schwebel said.

Schwebel said his clients will file a lawsuit against Amy Senser.

“They want justice. You know, these folks are like anybody who suffers the loss of a loved one,” he said. “They want the individuals who caused the death to be held accountable.”

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58 Responses to “Joe Senser’s wife was driving SUV in fatal hit and run”
  1. egls7 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:00 AM

    Just imagine what it’s going to do to the reputation that women can’t drive

  2. dldove77 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:01 AM

    Throw the book at her.

  3. shawon0meter says: Sep 3, 2011 11:04 AM

    Absolutely pathetic that she fled the scene and it took 10 days to come forward.

  4. wawa33 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:04 AM

    It was Brad “chilly” Childress going to pick up Burt favre.

  5. brownsfn says: Sep 3, 2011 11:09 AM

    Well that’s no good…

  6. hillzmickelzon says: Sep 3, 2011 11:09 AM

    they waited 10 days to say who was driving? wow!! im guessin 20 years in jail would be about right.. But why do i feel like joe senser was driving but she is takin the wrap for him, its hard for a jury to send away a mother to jail for a DUI causin death well thats if you have a good lawyer & you didnt take a breath test but & ex athlete drunk driving killin people is a different story.. lock her up for at least 10 u just cant kill people & flee the scene

  7. realitypolice says: Sep 3, 2011 11:10 AM

    Their lawyer, Jim Schwebel, says he thinks Amy Senser’s decision to leave the scene will make it very difficult for authorities to determine if she was intoxicated.
    ===================

    Umm…..no, it will make it physically impossible for them to determine if she was intoxicated.

    That’s why they waited to come forward.

    The only way to stop this from happening is to make penalties for leaving the scene of a fatal accident exactly the same as vehicular homicide, which is what she would have been charged with if she had stayed at the scene and was found to be intoxicated.

    As long as the the penalties are less severe, people will continue to do this.

    I will be anxious to see if the comments here will be as vicious and nasty towards Ms. Senser as they were in the Donte Stallworth case, where he actually did the right thing and stayed at the scene.

  8. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 3, 2011 11:10 AM

    The guy who died was the head cook at a local restaurant for the past nine years. He was run over by a Mercedes SUV.

    This is what happens when the entitlement fantasy life of NFL millionaires collides with reality.

    Here’s a bit about the deceased, from the blog of the restaurant owner: “Anousone was an inspired chef and a very hard worker who had lived a very difficult life. He was separated from his parents while growing up in Laos during the years of terrible unrest that followed the Vietnam War. He was reunited with his parents in this country, and is survived by both his mother and father, and a sister.”

    “The State Patrol says the victim, a 38-year-old man from Roseville, was filling up his car with gas on the shoulder of the ramp when he was struck.”

    Terrible shame – my prayers to his family.

  9. themonkeyman says: Sep 3, 2011 11:11 AM

    After 24 to 48 hrs, it becomes much harder for authorities to determine if Mrs. Senser’s was intoxicated. This was intentional deception by the Sensers not to report who was driving the vehicle to give Amy Senser time to get clean. In situations there is a hit & run, the penalties, the fines, the consequences & the aftermath should be the exact same as a DWI /DUI/manslaughter/death by auto while intoxicated. That people go & hide out for a few days after a hit & run is despicable & there has to much more severe laws for this kind of behavior.

    Hitting the gentleman was an accident, the running & hiding out for a few days isn’t.

  10. seanb20124 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    Usually it is the illegal doing the citizen dirty.

  11. skimbell says: Sep 3, 2011 11:20 AM

    “Ms. Senser is not faring very well,” Nelson said. “She is a wreck.”
    Are you chittin’ me? I’ll bet she feels a hell of a lot better than the guy she mowed over.

  12. 3octaveFart says: Sep 3, 2011 11:21 AM

    “Ms. Senser is not faring very well,” Nelson said. “She is a wreck.”

    Poor, poor woman, perhaps she’d like to trade places with the pedestrian she killed?

  13. scudbot says: Sep 3, 2011 11:27 AM

    This is a tragedy for two families but really has almost nothing to do with football.

  14. EJ says: Sep 3, 2011 11:35 AM

    This story seems fishy…

    I wonder if Joe Senser was really the driver and asked his wife to take the fall for him?
    That would explain the 10 days it took to come forth. A Jury is usually a little less harsh to a woman than they are towards a man. Just a thought.

  15. houstonsimpleton says: Sep 3, 2011 11:37 AM

    That’s so much horse hockey.
    People who sue want the money. Want to grab that brass ring that’s suddenly available for free. Want to get rich — off of human tragedy and/or misfortune. Otherwise they’d never stoop to equating their “loved” one and their own “loving” relationship to some vulgar dollar amount. Follow the money: you see any going to charity, from these people who “only want accountability”?

  16. huthuthut says: Sep 3, 2011 11:38 AM

    She may be “a wreck” but its nothing compared to that poor bastard just trying to cross the street.

  17. randomjim says: Sep 3, 2011 11:40 AM

    Or one of his kids was driving?????
    His restaurants will take a huge hit in business, which with the economy the way it is probably wasn’t doing great anyway.
    This stupid mistake will cost them big.

  18. scudbot says: Sep 3, 2011 11:47 AM

    The Nancy Grace channel is this way ———>

  19. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 11:49 AM

    @realitypolice
    Agreed, they have to make fleeing the scene to avoid being tagged as a drunk (A/k/a/ the Briggs/ Hartline defense) a big deal.

    And much as I LOATHE LOATH LOATHE drunk drivers I do feel that Stallworth did everything in his power to try to right the wrong he did, even though it’s literally not possible to do that. And the pedestrian had some fault as well. That mitigates it in my eyes.

    People like Leonard Little can die in a fire though.
    If this woman was driving and was drunk, same to her.

  20. getadealdonealready says: Sep 3, 2011 11:50 AM

    I agree with several posters that this story seems fishy, and wouldn’t be surprised if she is taking the fall for a family member, but my guess not joe. I have no knowledge of the situation of family, It just isn’t sitting right.

  21. waccoforflacco says: Sep 3, 2011 11:53 AM

    She WAS drunk…why else would she run? AND take ten days to admit it.

    Wanted to make damn sure the alcohol was LONG gone.

    Ted Kennedy made sure he was WAY sober before he reported the Chappaquittic event…not sure of the spelling.

  22. blmonroe12 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:53 AM

    Something just doesn’t seem right with this one. I wonder how old the kids are? A mother would definitely take one for her kids, but I doubt she’d take one for the old man. Sad story none the less for all parties involved.

  23. rcampore says: Sep 3, 2011 11:55 AM

    Houstonsimpleton, your name suits you because you are definitely a simpleton. Where in this article does it state that anyone was seeking to sue?? This woman killed an innocent person and then fled the scene. These parents are grieving their son and to be honest, they have every right to sue those idiots for all they have.

    Hitting a pedestrian can be an accident, leaving the scene is a crime.

  24. packfaninpackland says: Sep 3, 2011 11:56 AM

    From the StarTribune.com story:

    Eric Nelson (the Senser family’s attorney) stressed the Senser family’s integrity, pointing to the fact that they quickly told the State Patrol their vehicle was involved in the accident rather than trying to hide the vehicle or get rid of it.
    ————————————–
    “Integrity” ??? Hah ! What a crock.

    First off, she fled the scene after the crime. Second, the family didn’t even report that the vehicle itself was involved in the accident until nearly 24 hours later, and finally the family didn’t/wouldn’t even admit who was driving until a full 10 days after the accident had passed.

    Ah yes, “integrity” indeed !

  25. rcampore says: Sep 3, 2011 11:57 AM

    I missed the part about suing, but again, they have every right as their son was killed and she left the scene.

  26. thingamajig says: Sep 3, 2011 11:57 AM

    “Schwebel said his clients will file a lawsuit against Amy Senser. They want justice.”

    No, the clients want money.

  27. koufaxmitzvah says: Sep 3, 2011 11:58 AM

    You’re right, HoustonSimpleton. I was just thinking to myself this morning, “Man, if only someone in my family could get run over by a fast moving vehicle, maybe then I could afford some luxury in my life.”

  28. Derty Ernie says: Sep 3, 2011 11:59 AM

    I too think the story is fishy. I know good ol Joe had a very nice restuarant in the twin cities so if he still owned it and was the driver the vicitms family would go after it for sure.

    I also think its easier to transfer all the material things with her name on it to him before coming foward so there would be little material things they could go after.

    No my bet is she was not the driver but the patsy. Off with their heads. Sue em all.

  29. bostontim says: Sep 3, 2011 12:01 PM

    “People who sue want the money. Want to grab that brass ring that’s suddenly available for free. Want to get rich — off of human tragedy and/or misfortune. Otherwise they’d never stoop to equating their “loved” one and their own “loving” relationship to some vulgar dollar amount. Follow the money: you see any going to charity, from these people who “only want accountability”?”

    A good hardworking chef, get’s snuffed in his prime and stolen from his family forever. The perps, driving a high end SUV have money and insurance and the victims are immigrants of no great means, and whine a bout the lawsuit and scorn the victims.

    You are one swell example of huminity at it’s ugliest.

    Enjoy your angry and pitiful life.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  30. gooftroopers says: Sep 3, 2011 12:04 PM

    It shouldn’t be too hard to prove, they found open containers in the vehicle with her DNA all over them. Maybe she will just get the Dante Stallworth treatment, couple days in jail and a huge settlement.

  31. duanethomas says: Sep 3, 2011 12:07 PM

    Sad, but since she fled the scene she will probably get off with a light punishment. 20 Days?? I hope the family gets some type of justice through their civil lawsuit. Scumbag POS……

  32. KIR says: Sep 3, 2011 12:18 PM

    @realitypolice

    I will be anxious to see if the comments here will be as vicious and nasty towards Ms. Senser as they were in the Donte Stallworth case, where he actually did the right thing and stayed at the scene.
    ________________________________

    You & I already know the answer. However, it’s important to point out the hypocrisy.

  33. vetdana says: Sep 3, 2011 12:21 PM

    None of this adds up….unless one or more facts are being “covered up”. There is more than reasonable doubt here as to 1. who was driving and 2. were they intoxicated?….as to # 2…my guess is DUI….This is going to get real messy !!

  34. jacunn2000 says: Sep 3, 2011 12:22 PM

    Hey ladies, there looks to be a new eligable bachelor to be available.

  35. The Grand Occident says: Sep 3, 2011 12:26 PM

    She should face no charges at all – the government should face charges for allowing trash like “Anousone Phanthavong” into America in the first place.

  36. qdog112 says: Sep 3, 2011 12:27 PM

    Reprehensible! Oh, but she’s the one grieving. All the “get tough on crime crew”, should be calling for her head, but will they?

  37. steelerhypocrite says: Sep 3, 2011 12:28 PM

    Just proves the point that women can’t drive…

  38. qdog112 says: Sep 3, 2011 12:31 PM

    koufaxmitzvah says: Sep 3, 2011 11:58 AM

    You’re right, HoustonSimpleton. I was just thinking to myself this morning, “Man, if only someone in my family could get run over by a fast moving vehicle, maybe then I could afford some luxury in my life.”
    ————————

    Go stand in the middle of the interstate.

  39. dd393 says: Sep 3, 2011 12:47 PM

    Legalese for converting the killer into a victim. Awww, poor baby. You feel bad? Ok. All better. Right.

    Since this will be beyond the legal system, I hope that the lawsuit is comparable with the crime. Clean them out.

  40. textexington says: Sep 3, 2011 12:55 PM

    Just add this to the long list of emberrassments to the Vikings organization. Loveboat,wizzinator,starcaps,donggate, and now murder. You purple clowns need to be locked up for good.Go Pack Go!

  41. 4evrnyt says: Sep 3, 2011 1:08 PM

    Heaven help that district attorney if he doesn’t push for this women to be put in jail.

  42. lexnekst says: Sep 3, 2011 1:13 PM

    If she had only hit a dog, she’d already be behind bars. None of this, turn yourself in bs.

  43. lexnekst says: Sep 3, 2011 1:13 PM

    Why isnt she in jail?

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 1:26 PM

    And again I say, for over 20 years now… WOMEN CANNOT DRIVE.

  45. first2bomb says: Sep 3, 2011 1:46 PM

    Whats to say about the police and investigators? They had the evidence 10 days ago and did nothing. Damaged front end and blood stains on the vehicle and the Sensers were still able to hold out of questioning. Yeah, the authorities really did their jobs with this case. As far as Ms. Senser, she doesnt deserve to be put in jail. She deserves to be tortured and set on fire alive. Jail is an easy way out.

  46. mikesvikes says: Sep 3, 2011 1:46 PM

    In my opinion it was her. She puts gas in her vehicle at my station and thats her main vehicle. 10 days in hiding trying to reduce the sentence by 10 years by getting sober and cleaning out her system. Lock her up!

  47. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 3, 2011 1:50 PM

    For all the comments above about the evils of illegal immigration – the deceased, Anousone Phanthavong, was almost certainly not an illegal immigrant. Nearly all Hmong immigrants from Laos were LEGAL immigrants.

    The Hmong people in Laos fought on our side in the Vietnam war against North Vietnam. Over 100,000 Hmongs lost their lives fighting to help the US in that conflict. The Hmongs also waged a civil war against the Pathet Lao communist dictatorship in their own country. As payback, communists forced about 30% of the Hmongs out of their own country, and over 100,000 ended up as refugees in neighboring Thailand.

    The Hmong people who have immigrated to the US are LEGAL immigrants, having been allowed to enter the country because of their help to our nation in time of war, and because of their status as political refugees from a totalitarian regime in their own country which would have killed, tortured and brutalized them had they stayed.

  48. theytukrjobs says: Sep 3, 2011 1:51 PM

    Sounds like a drunk driving hit and run. That is why they waited 24 hours to report. Terrible tragedy for a family that is unlikely to see total justice.

    They can nail her for hit and run unless she can somehow argue she didn’t know what happened. But it is unlikely that they’ll be able to get her now for manslaughter, as they would if able to catch her while the blood alcohol is still up.

    Obviously I’m assuming a lot here but there isn’t any other reason to flee the scene.

  49. gunner1970 says: Sep 3, 2011 2:47 PM

    They can still possibly find out if she was legally intoxicated. Investigators will be interviewing people, friends, restaurant employees, etc… If they have solid evidence that she consumed ## drinks in an hour, than it’s possible they could charge her with intoxicated driving, but unlikely. She’s still going to spend time in prison…guessing 3 years.

    I highly doubt Joe Senser was driving. Anyone that thinks she is taking the rap for him is crazy.

  50. fluffy19 says: Sep 3, 2011 3:03 PM

    She’s not taking the rap for anyone. No way her taking the rap protects Joe or his finacial holdings. Stupid suggestion. If anything, I’ll bet he was gonna try to take the rap for her but it sounds as if there were some eyewitnesses in other articles I’ve read. It will be interesting to see how this affects his restaurant chain. That can’t be good PR.

    As for the chowderheads suggesting the victim’s family is money hungry for sueing, you people are seriously twisted. The man’s parents are almost certainly past working age and probably have little to no means to support themselves. The man was a bread winner for their family and he gets mowed down so they’re just supposed to grieve and starve to death. I wonder if your tune would change if the victim’s name was John Smith? So many frivilous lawsuits out there. If ever one was warrented, this would be it.

    Peace be to the family of the victim.

  51. brazenlucidity says: Sep 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    BTW, in MN, if you accidentally kill someone in a hit and run, you can be sentenced for up to 10 years and 2oK.

  52. pftstory says: Sep 3, 2011 4:31 PM

    Once you leave the scene whether she was drunk or not should be a non-factor. In my mind leaving someone to possibly die on the side of the road is worse then being drunk and pulling over.
    I belive our laws should treat leaving the scene as almost akin to murder or attempted murder. YOU DO NOT LEAVE. No excuses allowed. You paniced = Horsecrap

  53. stavreafavre says: Sep 3, 2011 4:39 PM

    The grand occident, your parents should face charges for allowing something like you to be inflicted upon society.

  54. purplescar says: Sep 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    “They want justice. You know, these folks are like anybody who suffers the loss of a loved one,” he said. “They want the individuals who caused the death to be held accountable.”
    They want money …. it’s ok … just say they want money fer cripes sake. I probably would to, just can the “they want justice crap”. If your going to get run down always hope that it’s by someone with bank. Sux but that’s our society-someone has to pay.

  55. dd393 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 1:26 PM

    And again I say, for over 20 years now… WOMEN CANNOT DRIVE.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, but if you hit it lucky, they can park.

  56. The Grand Occident says: Sep 3, 2011 10:50 PM

    HMONG creatures should never be allowed near us. Their presence is proof that the government has betrayed us.

    And anyone with “favre” in their screen name must be like the player named Favre – an overrated loser.

  57. lnfinite says: Sep 3, 2011 11:00 PM

    I hoped most here would be interested in current events with current roster players than what has happened with a former player or involving his family.

    Pity the Senser family for an unintended tragedy and condolences to the family of the deceased.

  58. wtf__seriously says: Sep 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    Imagine your son or daughter was hit by a car, and the driver fled, rather than stop and try to help/take accountability. Now, imagine if the driver had stopped it could have meant the difference between your son or daughter possibly living or dying because help wasn’t there in the moments after the accident.

    Soemone is a sorry excuse for a human being.

    Whoever was behind the wheel of that SUV needs to live the rest of their days plagued by horrible misfortunes, and basically Karma kicking her/his azz for their remaining breathing days.

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