Empty Bottle Of Vodka Found In Car Of Hit-And-Run Driver

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The woman accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian near the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove was over the legal limit, according to a search warrant.

The report states that 61-year-old Linda Hamm had a preliminary breath test that registered a .169 on Jan. 31, when the accident occurred.

Police also found an empty 1-liter bottle of Kamchatka Vodka that was inside Hamm’s car at the time of the accident.

According to authorities, Hamm had been driving erratically and at high speeds when she hit a curb, drove onto a median and struck a pedestrian. That pedestrian was later identified as Ann Blake, a mother and recent widow. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the report, Hamm has said repeatedly that she doesn’t remember what happened the day of the crash.

Hamm is in the hospital being treated for a hand injury. She is listed in good condition.

According to the Osseo School District, Hamm began working in the Osseo Area Schools in 1972 as a speech therapist and is currently a part-time teacher that has been serving as an Early Childhood program assistant.

As a program assistant, she provides curriculum and assessment support to early childhood teachers at four sites and supports the early childhood coordinator with administrative functions.


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