MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities say a vehicle believed to be involved in a deadly hit-and-run last week belongs to former Vikings player Joe Senser, but they did not say who they think may have been behind the wheel.

According to a search warrant, the gold 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML350 that was located and connected with the death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong is registered to Senser, of Edina.

Phanthavong was killed on the Cedar-Riverside exit of westbound Interstate 94 on Aug. 23. He was filling his car with gas on the off-ramp when he was hit by the SUV. Phanthavong died from his injuries. He had severe trauma to multiple areas of his body, consistent with being struck by an automobile, according to a search warrant filed in Hennepin County.

That warrant also said that investigators found pieces of the vehicle at the scene of the crime and were able to determine the make of the vehicle.

Attorney Eric Nelson, with Halberg Criminal Defense, said the Senser family contacted him the morning after the crash and by 10 p.m. that night they contacted the State Patrol. He said within 20 minutes, a trooper arrived to the Senser home to inspect the vehicle, which was handed over voluntarily.

“It’s a tragic situation. The whole family is upset,” Nelson said. “The Senser’s recognize the tragedy, and they are coping with the tragedy, and they are attempting to be as cooperative as they can throughout this whole process.”

Nelson gave the keys to officers and directed them to the Mercedes-Benz. A trooper saw front-end damage on the passenger side, including on the fender, and what looked like blood on the hood.

It was taken to the Hennepin County Crime Lab and a search turned up a bobby pin, a set of earrings, a bottle as well as a Mike’s bottle cap inside the vehicle.

Nelson confirmed the vehicle is owned by Senser, but did not say who may have been driving.

“The United State Constitution, the Minnesota Constitution provide every person with the right against self-incrimination, and the Senser’s decision not to communicate who was driving is based on our advice at this point,” Nelson said.

He said Senser and his family are deeply saddened by this incident and may release a statement Friday.

“Why leave the scene of an accident?  I suppose a person has to know they’re involved in an accident,” said Nelson. “Someone who was driving would have to know they are involved in an accident. If you don’t know you are involved in an accident, who’s to say you were involved in an accident.”

Nelson added the area is a construction site, and the person driving could have thought “was it a deer, was it a construction cone, was it a car, was it something else.”

Minnesota State Patrol Spokesperson Lt. Eric Roeske, gave his own thoughts on the crash the next day. 

“To just him them and drive away and not realize they did it, it just isn’t conceivable,” he said.

No arrests have been made.

Phantavong was a head chef at True Thai Restaurant in Minneapolis, where he had worked for eight years.

Senser was a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings in the early 1980s and currently owns several Joe Senser’s Restaurant and Sports Theaters around the Twin Cities.

Senser also provides commentary for WCCO Radio on University of St. Thomas football.

Comments (100)
  1. Mark says:

    Some Bimbo was driving it – come on JS – fess up!
    I agree – this reeks of favoritism. Any of us……..we’d be in jail

  2. B.Grant says:

    Senser is lawyered up tight..won’t answer any questions at this time on the advice of counsel..They are determining who to name as the driver..

  3. Marie says:

    Why hasn’t the driver been identified? If an ordinary person had owned a car involved in a hit and run, the name and photo would have been released immediately upon finding the car.
    I guess the State Patrol have to make sure everything they do in this investigation is proper and no mistakes made, since their will likely be several high-priced lawyers working to defend the driver. Throw the book at the driver, of course I know that won’t happen.

    1. ez says:

      No one has been charged yet, under mn state law they can’t release the id yet.

    2. Joe says:

      Because the family is not talking. If there’s no proof of who was driving, then there can be no charges. The Sensers KNOW who was driving, but think that they don’t have to take responsibility for it because rich people are better than everyone else.

      This is a cheap, low-life tactic and I hope the pressure of living with this secret tears their family apart.

  4. busted says:

    OHHH and earrings! LOL

    So busted! Divorce!

    1. Cya says:

      why the wife? He has a duaghter. She was at the Big Ten o’er the weekend…….just sayin’
      Don’t jump to conclusions-more here than meets the eye

  5. Fed up with it all says:

    You know a football player will walk free on this. Kevin is right anyone else would be sitting in the jail right now. I say people should botcott Joe Senser’s Restaurant. I had fat fingers on last pos. Unlike most people in this “I only want to feel good state and ” and “GO VIKES people ” , I can admit that I was wrong and had trouple typing and proofing my comment.

  6. MIke says:

    Why isn’t the owner of the vehicle in jail on contempt charges? How in the name of goodness can a vehicle registered to a particular individual not have been brought before a judge to disclose who was driving the vehicle? This is BS!
    Why do the wealthy have different set if laws than the rest of us? Come on district attorney start pressing charges……………..

    1. Guy says:

      They are all “takinging the ‘fifth'” … probably on the advice of the lawyer.

    2. Craig says:

      This is a tragic event, but in MN we have County attorneys, not DA’s. The County Attny nor a judge can make someone confess, likewise you can’t charge someone for taking the 5th.

    3. Iconoclast says:

      Contempt of Court? For violating what court rule or ruling exactly?

  7. snowman says:

    helps to be a rich celebrity

  8. MN nice says:

    Is he somali ??

    1. me says:

      yes – he just hides it very well

  9. Beans says:

    I knew something fishy was up when they found the SUV but not the driver…Now I know why. It’s dad out to protect one of his 4 daughters. I thought it was someone young driving the car and went home to get mom and dad to protect them with a lawyer. If it was Joe the Common man the authorities would have said more. This county is a going to heck. Teach the driver a lesson and don’t let them skate.
    I for one have had my last meal ever at Sensor’s Sports Bar, This just is par for the course for this country. No wonder justice gets no respect.

  10. Stein Tenold says:

    This is like the move “Michael Clayton “, pretty good b t w. Wealthy people have high-priced lawyer’s to delay justice or worse, get away w/ murder. Now this case could take yrs. before a Judge has his or her say and a jury can deliberate over all the fact’s but if Mr. Sensor is guilty , sooner the better for the victim’s family and all involved. The Truth will set u free, or get u 5-7 yrs Mr.Sensor…

  11. Guy says:

    Earrings & bobby pin means its probably the wife or one of the daughters (unless Joe is a major closet case 🙂 ). They ran because they were probably DRUNK (“Mikes” has alcohol). The whole family KNOWS WHO the guilty one is – they should ALL be tossed in jail as accessories after the fact. Keep them in jail until someone decides to come clean.

  12. idtapit says:

    Joe’s wife is guilty and very hot!

  13. Mike B says:

    Unfortunately, something bad has happened, but when you drive away you are guilty. I am done with Sensers. Sorry.

  14. Angus says:

    Joe is a nasty arrogant )()_&^*% but he has money and sports hero so everyone, if the person who did it is a Senser, will walk. After all, the victim is a minority so don’t worry about it. Maybe a $1,000,000 civil lawsuit will get their attention.

    1. Sandy says:

      Actually Angus, no he isn’t and I highly doubt you have EVER met him personally so with that being said, where are you actually coming from here? You could not be more wrong, find something else to do or comment on.

      1. Joe says:

        Let’s see…. Rich guy hides family behind lawyer so no one has to inconveniently take responsibility for KILLING A MAN.

        Does that pretty much sum up “where we’re coming from” for you?

        yeah.. I can think of much better terms than “arrogant )()_&^*%” Wanna hear some of them?

      2. not so to all Sandy says:

        If ou are not in the inner circle Sanndy …. Joe can be an arrogant JA
        yeah — I have dealt with him many times so I do know what I am saying Sandy

  15. Jeff says:

    It would be impossible to hit someone and not know it. Bunch of killers and liars.

  16. Jeff says:

    I’m boycotting WCCO because Senser works for them too

  17. Typinator says:

    … liberty and justice for all? I don’t think so. If you want justice you gotta pay for it. You want to avoid justice you gotta pay for it. If you want liberty and freedom you gotta pay to play. Some say, “It’s not perfect, but it’s the best system there is.” I say it’s the best system for a select few and also say it’s simply the best cow pie on the top of the manure pile and it doesn’t need to stink so bad. It can be changed and improved, but those who can pay like it just the way it is.

  18. JDS says:

    Do not blame the police. They are going to do everything by the book, and make no errors. There is Probable Cause needed to arrest. You cant just arrest the owner because it could have been someone else. Place the blame squarly on the shoulders of this family. Who ever was driver hit and killed someone but elected to flee without helping and being held accountable. Then they hide behind lawyers. Let the police do their job and see whats happens in the end.

    1. Guy says:

      Arrest the WHOLE FAMILY as ACCESSORES AFTER THE FACT & conspiracy to obstruct justice – They ALL know who was driving & that makes ALL of the other members accountable if THEY don’t ‘fess up (the 5’th only applies to the one who DID the deed)

  19. Molly says:

    I’m sick and tired of the rich&famous always getting a free pass …with their criminal activity. Whoever in that Sensor family that killed this man and then just drove off MUST be held accountable and thrown in jail like the rest of us would be. the person murdered this man. I’m completely through with WCCO,,, if they have someone like Joe Sensor employed I will have no part of that station or his resturant.

  20. Susan says:

    Very sad, I use to work for Joe and he is a great guy, a family tragedy but that makes no difference when it comes to the law and sadley, like all drinking and driving related incidents, the price needs to be paid and people need to WISE up, you cannot drink and drive, which sadley I suspect is the case here, leave the accident, etc. Pay attention folks, get off your cell, quit text messaging, get a cab, 1 is too many – people drive like idiots already why add to the mix? RIP to the victim, if I were his family I would prosecute to the hilt!

  21. Right With Ya says:

    Me too, Kevin. And I’ll bring the pie ; )

  22. kevin says:


    Go to his website and leave a comment! I did!!!! Tell them how you feel! Stand up!

  23. Susan says:

    Billy Bob fits to a T!

  24. imdone says:

    i wont go to that bar again im sick of making people rich with my money, sports, music, bars, good bye

  25. xxx says:

    For all of the folks who are making the comments, take the incident home to your own home.
    Suppose that you are a 45 year old father of 4 children. The kids have all been driving for a year or two so they routinely drive one of the family cars.

    One night you are awakend by a crying child how indicates to you that an awful accident has happened to them..

    What are you – as the parent of this child – going to do???

    Aren’t you going to do everything that you can do as a caring and loving parent try to get the best help for them possible?

    Be careful on your judgement because someday, it might happen to you!!

    1. for-the-people says:

      IF it happened to any of us – WE WOULD BE IN JAIL!!!! xxx you must be another RICH Smypathic person for the criminal involved in this.

    2. Ann says:

      Agreed XXX. We don’t know the whole story. It is amazing how people will judge before the truth comes out. Obviously this is a tragic story but to read all of the evil things everyone is saying brings no peace or healing…it only creates more hate.

      1. Dale Gribble says:

        Now is the time for the community to stand behind Joe Senser, a true American hero and job creator.

        1. Steve says:

          And killer! And trying to cover up a killing! And using his fame and maoney to cover it up!

    3. what?????????? says:

      Uhhh, if the kids were only driving for 2 years, that would make them say, 18?
      So, drinking is illegal underage yes?

      Use your head idiot.

      THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH IT – is it is a manslaughter – THEY FLED THE SCENE. That is even WORSE!

    4. Larry says:

      to xxx, most responsible decent fathers, in that same situation, would do the RIGHT thing….they would have their daughter fess up, take her punishment and LEARN from this, My goodness a young man has been mowed down and killed and the driver just drives off….too drunk to realize or not caring. either way this driver needs to be accountable and any decent father, as hard as it would be, would do whats RIGHT!!! stop thinking of yourself Joe Senser, think about that poor family who lost a beloved son at your families hands.

  26. markH says:

    ”Someone who was driving would have to know they are involved in an accident. If you don’t know you are involved in an accident, who’s to say you were involved in an accident.”

    This is the kind of convoluted, double-speak that is designed and patented by philosophical legal minds that only sounds plausible to those who disregard reason and critical thinking and allow for any fantastic contingency as an explanation for the inexplicable. If the OJ Simpson jury has taught us anything (and it certainly taught legal defense attorneys how to manipulate credulity) it’s that “possible” and “probable” are , to most people, two sides of the same coin. Peace.

  27. tom says:

    Obama hasn’t been right about anything, he is nothing but a liar, quit drinking the kool aid.

  28. for-the-people says:

    YOU ARE RIGHT ON BILLY BOB – If this was reversed – we would have seen an arrest already. Finally Minnesotans can witness Justice first hand – Where MONEY BUYS YOU OUT OF CRIMES. MADD and other organizations should support the Thai community where there had been a complete disregard and lack of remorse for a life. NO ETHICS OR MORALS.

  29. previous joesenser worker says:

    I am very sorry for the loss this family is going through. What happen was a Terrible accident. My prayers are with your family
    I use to work for Joe he truly is a great man and his children are wonderful. They are not bad people. They are very nice caring people who are very giving. I loved working for him one of the best bosses I had. He always cared about his workers. There were times he could tell I was having a sad day and he would sit down and say what’s going on are you doing alright and he would just sit and listen. He’s not this monster everyone is making him to be.
    Nobody knows what happen so to make such horrible comments is wrong. If it was one of his children think what you would do if it was your child coming to you saying they were involved in a accident and may have killed someone? You would be scared for your child and would do anything to protect them. If your not a parent you wont truly understand the lengths you will go to protect them. They are following the advice of their lawyer so because there not talking yet don’t judge this family. How many of you have got behind the wheel after having a drink? Probably most the only difference here is you have never been caught or was lucky enough not to kill someone. So don’t act like your perfect.
    And before you go boycotting his restaurants think of all the people who work there single mother’s in school trying to raise there children, college kids making extra money, cooks that have families its not just about Joe here. So before you go taking money out of there pocket think of those people to!!

    My prayers go to everybody involved in this terrible ACCIDENT.

    1. Daniel Carson says:

      It WAS an accident UNTIL they fled, lawyered up, and stonewalled the police. Conspiracy and cover-ups are criminal acts. This went from a sentence of six-months in jail to a full on 5-10 year sentence. Book em’ Danno.

      1. markH says:

        “Lawyered up”, “stonewalled the police”, “full on”? Have you been watching Matlock reruns?

    2. Molly says:

      Be sympathtic all you want to Joe Senser. My respect for him has just gone out the window. Someone in that household (daughter,wife, himself) used their car as a weapon and killed an innocent man. Instead of doing the right thing and called 911 they fled the scene and left that man to die. Appauling to say the least that Joe Senser and fam are behaving like this. They are NOT cooperating with authorities but allowing their fame and money to let them get off scott-free. That driver, regardless if its your daughter or wife or yourself needs to be held accountable. Instead of asking how you would feel if it was your family member that just killed someone, ask yourself how you would feel if that had been your SON that was just mowed down,killed and left like a piece of garabage and the party responsible is gettin a free pass…pleading the 5th, what a shame…and a total shame on this Senser family for the rest of their lives. Hope their resterants go under, i for one will never go there.

    3. Dave's Not Here says:

      You were “having a sad day” while working at the bar? WTH does that even mean?

    4. MetroVoice says:

      It’s not an ACCIDENT that she drove away, leaving the poor man to die on the road.

  30. Jalke says:

    There is something VERY WRONG going on with this incident.

  31. Jake says:

    I don’t believe for a SECOND that this was an “accident”. It leans far more towards
    “criminal neglienge” or HOMICIDE, and just because Joe Senser is a well liked local fellow bidnessman, that shouldn’t mean that he should get a PASS on the charges. EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL. If that isn’t the law of the land, then the law means NOTHING.

  32. Anothermiddleclass says:

    Hit and run is a hit and run. If it would have been the other way around, such as the asian hitting one of Sensers kids, the guy would be in jail with no chance. Come on we all know it, it has happen. The rich can buy them self out from anything, even killing someone. Look at OJ fine example. This isn’t about race but about status, the rich, the poor, upperclass, and middle to lower class. There is no justice here. The courts system has failed us once again. A death is a death and should be treated as such with no political or status of any kind. He should be treated as such. Running away from a hit and run doesn’t take a genius to know what one has done. Sorry to say but this guy or girl of the Sensers family is gonna walk free.

  33. previous joesenser worker says:

    Just to let ya know I obviously don’t think a hit and run is OK and you deserve to go to jail but I’m sure if its a teenage girl driving she was scared and ran to daddy which is obviously very wrong. It took 24 hours because they talk to there lawyer and was discussing what was going to happen or what could happen to his daughter and what they should do. He’s being a father and protecting her like any father would doesn’t make him a bad person. He’s suppose to talk in the next day or so I bet he says he was to protect her from jail.
    And who the hell cares about what race you are. There not charging anyone yet cause they don’t know who was driving. I doubt the detectives care what color you are or how rich or poor you are.

    1. Darla says:

      What about the victim? Who protected him? (from a 5000 lb vehicle)

  34. Pavel says:

    Notice they did not release the information to police until the next evening at 10 pm. That allowed the driver to sober up so there could be no DWI charges brought as well. Typical!

    If you have money you get off. On top of not paying taxes as well!

  35. mark erickson says:

    The Senser family is deeply saddened by this “incident” what? Someone has to pay for this. Money can’t do everything, at least I hope not. How could anybody sleep at night, knowing who is responsible….. then take the fifth? Nobody should eat at this restaurant….. To family of the man killed, I hope you get justice.

    1. MN MOM says:

      I also wonder where in the Constitution does it give a father or mother the right to not incriminate thier child? The 5th is not to incriminate yourself. So was the whole family in the car, at the wheel at the time?

  36. Karen Karver says:

    BOYCOTT NOW! Joe Senser and his family are asserting their 5th Amendment right not to incriminate themselves, and people can respond by asserting their right to BOYCOTT Joe Senser’s restaurants.

    Senser’s lawyer, with melancholy violin music playing softly in the backround, assures the public that Joe and his family are sensitive to the tragedy and dealing with the tragedy as a family, which I’m sure is great comfort to the victim’s family. Remember the victim, Joe? He’s the guy that you or one of your family members hit and killed with the Mercedes and then fled the scene.

    BOYCOTT Joe Senser’s restaurants NOW!

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      Another enemy of free enterprise. Senser’s enterprises are examples of what makes America work. You would tear that down with your class warfare. Traitor.

      1. Jake says:

        I don’t see any ‘class warfare’ going on here, you are assuming a lot. Since this was a HIT AND RUN, it clearly falls under the category of a CRIMINAL ACT. Such crimes should be taken very seriously. If the Senser family will not cooperate with the police, then I think that boycotting his businesses is appropriate. The Senser family is not immune from prosecution, and somebody was killed, not merely injured. If this was merely a simple DUI arrest, with nobody injured or killed, I think that most people would feel differently.

        1. Dale Gribble says:

          You’re just another typical liberal, envious of your betters and eager to tear down honest Americans. Try working hard and making something of yourself instead of attacking those who have succeed through hard work and risk taking.

  37. Mike says:

    When you hit someone or anything with your car, do you drive away? Of course not, unless your a ________, privileged, criminally insane sociopath! Joe Sensor and his attorney are everything that is wrong in this country. A couple of maggots feeding on the rest of us………

    1. digger says:

      I am surprised by the amount of ignorance posted by so many Minnesotans on this site about this story. The class warfare that some try to use as an excuse to RIOT. a person calling this accident murder LOOK UP THE DEFINITION .
      I am not defending Sensor or what has happened, but I remember a case where the toyota stuck throttle excuse was used to get a guy out of jail. this was on a car that was NOT part of a recall. AND they found that there were NO unusual problems with these cars. I’m just saying that the law is NOT fare in ALOT of cases

      1. Mike says:

        Apparently you are tying to defend this murder. Finding yourself in an accident that leads to death and then leaving the scene is not a defense. Hiding behind an attorney and not participating in taking responsibility may be the law for the privileged, but it would not be the case for any person without the means. This act of selfish arrogance is not going to be forgiven by a public that understands the shame that justice serves and for whom in this country and is strongly commented on in every publication that offers the opportunity. The owner of this vehicle should be brought before a judge and held in contempt for not participating in the disclosure of the driver. I hope some attorney takes every _____ nickel that Joe Sensor has in a civil lawsuit.

        1. Dale Gribble says:

          Digger is right. Men like Senser create jobs and build this country. What did the alleged victim ever do but pick up a paycheck? We should congratulate Senser on his accomplishments, not drag him down into the mud.

          1. Heather says:

            Gribble – you’re the biggest moron in the world

          2. Sick says:

            So it’s OK to kill employees, as long as they are killed by employers . What a sick, twisted way of thinking. Did you know the victim? He was a very well-liked and well-respected person with a family that loved him. The fact that you’re belittling the victim is repugnant. So, by your same logic, it’s OK to run over a 5-year-old, because, gee, what did they ever accomplish? You’re utterly ridiculous.

      2. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

        THe law is not fare! Then we riot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. digger says:

    YOU are calling for a riot ? I hope the riot ends up in your neighbor hood, cause there are usually a lot of innocent people that get hurt in a RIOT.

  39. red says:

    They are saying – perhaps they hit s deer or a construction cone- SPARE ME! EARRINGS and a Bobby Pin in the vehicle. They are just trying to protect his wife are little girlies booties. This is SICK AND PATHETIC GOODBYE SENSERS!

  40. Mike Hunt says:

    This web site is SENSERring allot of our comments!!!!!

  41. Dale Gribble says:

    Once again, the liberal media smears a Patriot. Joe Senser is a great American and a job creator. Rather than condemning him and seeking criminal charges, we should be celebrating him and praising him for doing all he has for our community.

    1. Daniel Carson says:

      Trolling, trolling, trolling

    2. Karen says:

      I mean my mind was like huh?

    3. Reb says:

      Well, birds of a feather flock together. Your as pathetic as Sesnser is.

    4. godless says:

      So Dale, You would let the rich get away with MURDER? What if the one who is 6feet under is your kid or you family member. What would say to that?????

  42. Jeff says:

    Hey Senser – maybe you should take a lesson from the Dad who told the truth about which boy took the hockey shot for a chance to win $50, 000
    See……..that’s called parenting.

  43. Frank says:

    I wish deer would stop hanging around constrution zones I wasn’t aware that thats where they hang out. Thanks ‘CCO for telling us we will be on the look out!

  44. tanpup says:

    I have a better story: in the early 80s, being fresh off the bus so to speak, my roommate and I went there for lunch and was approached by several men – we thought, oh, people are so nice here – then we left because we couldn’t afford items on the menu! Afterm entioning this to my boss, HE told me that we should never go there because businessmen on their layovers look for women willing to entertain them. TRUE STORY! We Never stepped foot in that “establishment” again! I hope they get the maximum sentance!

  45. Don Carter says:

    Whoever was driving that car was involved in an accident…Most likely drunk! NOW they are involved in a crime of murder…from citizen to dirtbag thug. Whom ever is covering up also has gone from valued citizen to criminal dirtbag too. Fess up…life is choices and consequences…don’t choose to kill yourself with a bad choice! Because your are rich and famous will not save you you will go to poor an infamous!

  46. met says:

    OH please! Don’t tell me that if any one of you people had the money and the clout to help your child or wife, or whomever happened to be in that accident, you wouldn’t do the same thing!! You’re going to try to help in any way, shape, or means you have available to you. As a grown up, we can say we would never leave the scene of an accident, but if this in fact, was one of his children, running scared.

    1. Daniel Carson says:

      Yea, maybe when your kid beats up a bully or something, but KILLING AN INNOCENT MAN? Don’t think I’d cover my kids’ butts on that one, sorry. Now go back to the wayzata country club where you belong richie

      1. MET says:

        Believe me, I am no richie and I didn’t say to cover anything up! All I said was he was trying to help his child and the whole story will come out. He went to his lawyer and I am sure he’s doing what his lawyer has told him to do. That’s not ‘covering his kid’s butt’ as you put it.

  47. Madonna says:

    Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
    Papa don’t preach, take me to Earl Gray

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      This is economic terrorism and class warfare. You are no better than communists.

      1. Jesus Saves says:

        You not fooling anyone by changing your moniker…Mr. Gale Dribble!

      2. George says:

        You consider boycotting a sports bar to be economic terrorism? You can’t be serious.

  48. Man Up! says:

    I think it’s sickening that the Sensers simply won’t tell the truth about what happened. This poor guy’s family deserves to know, and frankly, whoever did it needs to be responsible for his/her actions. Man up and pay the consequences.

  49. Mariocuda says:

    I just wanted to speak up and say that though what the Senser family did was wrong, it was an honest mistake. Sure, they are rich, but they are not snobby and stuck up like you all believe them to be. The daughters of the family go to public school, and are no different than other kids. Knowing the family myself, I truly believe that they will do the best thing, and I will support them in whatever they do. I am sorry and my thoughts go out to the family of the victim, it’s horrible that it had to occur, but it was unintentional.

  50. MN says:

    No one in this family would have EVER hit someone, known it, and fled the scene. They are the nicest, most compassionate people. Yes, for some reason they didn’t identify the driver right away, but it’s clear they weren’t trying to hide anything indefinitely. They turned in the vehicle. They could have easily thrown the Mike’s bottle away before they allowed authorities to search it but they did not. Obviously they are cooperating. There may be legal reasons we are unaware of for not identifying the driver immediately. Maybe they wanted to notify all family before they had to see it on the news. I don’t know, but that’s just it. We don’t know the details. This is a horrible accident, and it has affected the Senser family tremendously. This will be something that they have to live with for the rest of their lives – we don’t need to add to their pain over this tragic accident. My very deepest sympathies to the Senser & Phanthavong families.

    1. metrovoice says:

      Hey Amy and Joe–Nice to see you posting here. Sorry, though. The rest of humanity is concerned for the victim and his family and hope that justice is served fairly to you and your family through the court system the same as it would be for any other murderers.

  51. DocDiem says:

    First at all

    If you are in contruction site..you should slow down no matter what so your speed will be around from 20-35….if you hit person die….that mean you driving about 50 mph.

    secondly….it is dear??? You are in contruction side, not your home back yard or forest…so deer around…if you think it was deer that mean the driver really drunk unless that night too dark or raining. but actually that night dry and nice.

    I think no matter what …the owner of the car should go in jailed right away until the investigation clear who behind the wheel…if not the driver then he/she will be release.

    It is your car and you should know who has your car that night and you should know who has second key.

    I think police should arrest the car owner and processed the case if noone step out who behind the wheel so the driver will be charge. I bet you few day later who ever behind the wheel will come out.

    You have money and you could use that again the law..but you are hit someone and die…now you are facing jail time…i bet you will not have good nite sleep from now on ,,,even you could win the case just been few years in jail but guess what every nigth will be you nightmare.

  52. Kevin Elliott says:

    sounds like someone was sauced up and had to have a few hours to sober up to me. I told my wife that they would blame it on her because if Joe is convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving a scene of an accident that will be a felony and there goes the liquor license.

  53. Lily says:

    Why withhold the identity of the driver for 10 days? Maybe so other people’s memory re # of drinks consumed that evening grow fuzzy? Or possibly the driver has an addiction problem and she needs to get over the worst of withdrawal before being questioned? (Just a possible scenario I’m offering here. I have no reason to believe addiction is involved. But, as an attorney who commented on this case said, Hit and Run drivers are typically hiding somethng.)

    This is sickening. I am so sick of people driving into other people or vehicles with their cars and then lying or stalling and hiding behind attorneys in order to cover up their actions.

    Respect your victim and tell the truth. It’s not that hard a concept.

  54. JoAnnL says:

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! Racist you are not! The truth hurts and some can’t handle it! I feel totally sorry for the Asian community! Sensers can go KMA! I have never visited Sensers Bar and NEVER will after this! I hope the Sensers can gain access to most of the comments posted on the net and see what people REALLY think of them!

  55. just an opinion says:

    one day we will value human life more than our possessions.

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