MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man was sentenced to 90 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse after pleading guilty to a fatal hit-and-run crash.

Mark Lindgren, of Bloomington, Minn., modified his plea to guilty in the crash that killed 85-year-old Dorothy Hanson last October. He was sentenced on Friday.

The crash happened at 10th Avenue South and East Old Shakopee Road.

Hanson was walking home after having dinner with her husband, who lives in a nearby care facility, when she was struck by Lindgren’s vehicle. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she later died.

Witnesses to the crash said the driver involved didn’t slow down, swerve or brake when they hit Hanson.

Lindgren turned himself in to authorities a few days later, and his attorney made arrangements to have the truck turned over to investigators.

Police obtained a warrant to search Lindgren’s apartment and found a one-page document that listed Lindgren’s timeline for the date of the accident. It said Lindgren had one drink on the night of the crash. The document said Lindgren did not notice the headlight and damage to his vehicle until he got home. The document also said, “Assumed it was a deer or bird.”

Police say Lindgren has been arrested for drunk driving in the past — once in 1992 and another time in 2003 in Indiana.

In addition to the time incarcerated, Lindgren will be on probation for three years and must abide by a number of conditions.

Comments (17)
  1. Andy says:

    Sentenced to 90 serve 60, good lawyer.

    1. Brian says:

      I’m not disputing the claim that he had a good lawyer, but I don’t think this guy got any great deals either. Can’t prove negligence or anything without proving he was drunk, which is impossible. With the evidence the prosecutors had, this was about as well as they could have done.

  2. Kevin says:

    Lets see what Amy Senser will get? They gave this guy 90 days for killing a older white woman. I wonder….did the family of the dead white woman sue this guy like the immigrants family are? Lets see what the difference of jail time is between an old white lady and a immigrant….

    1. yep says:

      I think the better gage, would be if you take a walk on a street and have an immigrant run you over. We’ll see what the immigrant will get.

  3. Remem. says:

    Remember this case when the crackhead Amy is sentenced, you’re better off running, as said as it is.

  4. markH says:

    Yeah, and marijuana is the problem in this country. People wake up: it’s alcohol that is killing innocent motorists and pedestrians on our nation’s roads-NOT pot! The abysmal failure known as the “war on drugs” takes precious resources away from pursuing and prosecuting the real life-destroying drug, which IS alcohol.

    We know (if we know anything) that this man was either drunk OR believed himself sufficiently intoxicated as to be charged criminally. This sends a message to drunks that if they hit someone they should just keep going, sober up, and later claim that they thought they hit a dog or deer. Of course they still be prosecuted, but the booze will have worn off and 90 days beats years in a cell. This man is a selfish, pathetic, coward.

    1. lol says:

      YEA, Somebody has finally figured it out, I’ve been thinking the same thing for years. People just don’t get it; ALCOHOL IS EVIL !!!!!!!!

  5. Bullstuffing again says:

    Quite the system we got here in Minnesota. I read today where people getting 7-8 years for falsifying mortgage docs as in fraud.
    But we get to kill someone, KILL someone, and get 90 days.
    Someones GD life is apparently next to worthless but Gawd dam – don’t touch someone’s money now.
    aybe in addition to lynching, mod lynching of these guilty perps it’s time to take a hard look at the sobs handing out these baby like sentences. A real hard look – time to get the sobs removed

  6. Mimi says:

    90 DAYS??????? you have got to be kidding me! This is not justice this is a miscarriage of justice.

    1. Andy says:

      The justice system is a miscarriage

  7. CC says:

    This really makes me CRAZY with ANGER..Maybe we have 2 take matters into our own hands..I wonder who got paid off..I wish somebody in Jail would beat his brains out and bust his knee caps..NOW, is that better..NO..Vengeance is mine says The LORD

  8. Tikipup says:

    The law needs to be changed. It should not matter if you knew you hit someone. The end result is what counts. The unmistakable fact that you did hit someone and took their life should result in punishment, irregardless of if you knew you did it or not. We all need to contact our legislators and demand this huge escape clause is eliminated and start holding criminals accountable.

  9. angus says:

    If he was drunk and stays there he gets years in prision. If he runs, turns himself in after getting sober with a lame story, he gets 90 days. Sounds reasonable (Note for idiots: This is satire).

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