Lawmakers Close Loophole Used in Senser Defense
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers have closed a loophole used by Amy Senser as a defense in a fatal hit-and-run.
The bill cuts off the so-called “ignorance” defense commonly used in hit-and-run cases.
Senser was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the 2011 death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong on a darkened freeway ramp in Minneapolis. The wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser maintained that she left the scene because she believed she struck a construction cone or barrel.
Reports say the bill eliminates a loophole that allows “not knowing what was struck” as a legal defense for drivers accused of hit-and-run.
The bill passed the Minnesota House 124-3 Tuesday. A Senate version passed 44-16 last week. It now awaits Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature.