Prosecutors charged Amy Senser, 45, with a third felony criminal vehicular-homicide offense Thursday, alleging she was talking on her cellphone when she struck and killed a man on an interstate highway exit ramp, news sources report.
The wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser is already facing two felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to alert law enforcement about the incident as quickly as possible, according to the Star Tribune.
The trial was scheduled to begin April 23. It is unclear whether the new charge will cause a delay, the Star Tribune reported.
Senser has acknowledged that she was the driver of the 2009 Mercedes ML350 that struck and killed 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong of Roseville on Aug. 23, but she has pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal vehicular-homicide and maintains she was unaware she had hit a person, the Pioneer Press reported.
Phanthavong was filling his car with gas on the Riverside Avenue exit ramp off of Interstate 94 when he was struck around 11:10 p.m. He died at the scene, while Senser drove on, the Pioneer Press reported.
Nearly 24 hours after the crash, Senser's lawyer, Eric Nelson, alerted the Minnesota State Patrol that the SUV involved in the crash belonged to the Sensers, but the driver was not revealed. Nine days later, Nelson informed investigators that Senser was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to the Pioneer Press.