Civil lawsuit settled in Amy Senser hit-and-run

5:16 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A civil lawsuit filed in connection with the Amy Senser hit-and-run case has been settled.  

The financial settlement was announced Friday by attorneys for the family of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, who died when Senser hit him near a Minneapolis freeway exit ramp last August.

Phanthavong family attorney Jim Schwebel says terms of the settlement aren't being disclosed due to the wishes of the family, but he said in a written release that "no financial settlement will ever replace what the family has lost. They will forever be without his kindness, generosity and companionship."

Word of a settlement comes one day after Senser, of Edina, Minn., was convicted of two felonies in connection with the hit-and-run. Her attorneys hinted in a press conference after the verdict that a significant announcement would be coming in the coming days.

Amy Senser faces four years in prison when she is sentenced in July.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson expressed shock Thursday when Senser was found guilty of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, but Schwebel says he shouldn't be.

He writes "The standard of proof in the civil case required only proof of 'ordinary negligence, i.e. that Amy Senser failed to use reasonable care in the operation of her vehicle.' The testimony in the criminal trial demonstrated overwhelming evidence of Amy Senser's negligence. She failed to see Anousone Phanthavong's vehicle with its four-way flashers activated, failed to see him standing alongside of his vehicle when he would have been clearly visible in her Mercedes headlights, and failed to travel at a reasonable speed for an exit ramp."


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