This post is about a current, high-profile case in Minnesota. Because there are more questions surrounding the case than answers, the identity of the suspect and her family will be kept undisclosed in our blog post. There are no formal allegations or charges of drunk driving related to this matter, yet. That’s important to assert.
Recently, a former Minnesota professional athlete’s car was found and connected to a fatal hit-and-run accident. The family came forward and the ex-player’s wife told authorities she was responsible for the accident. Now, the family of the crash victim wants to know more, including whether drunk driving led to the fatal incident.
According to news reports, the suspect in this case has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. She has reportedly been exercising her Fifth Amendment right, meaning she has said nothing that could incriminate herself. The extent of what’s come from her is what’s written in the criminal complaint, that she was “the driver of the vehicle in the accident in which [victim 1] lost his life.”
The Hennepin County Prosecutor indicates that there was sufficient evidence to move forward with the vehicular homicide charge, even though an investigation into the incident may not be complete. The defense is reportedly surprised that the criminal charge has already been filed and suggests that the prosecution will have to prove that the defendant knew she hit a person on the night in question. It was dark, and the victim was reportedly outside of his vehicle, filling it with gas before the crash occurred.
The family of the victim in this big Minnesota case has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following the crash. They and their attorney want to know more about what happened. Determining whether the suspect was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is of interest to the plaintiffs. That may be difficult to do given that the suspect wasn’t investigated immediately after the accident took place.
If this matter does become a DWI case, we will post an update. For now, it sounds like the defendant is wisely practicing her rights by saying as little as possible about what happened. Words can be powerful in a criminal case against a person.
Myfox9.com: “Charges Filed in Senser Hit & Run Case,” Rob Olson, Sep. 16, 2011