MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Prosecutors are hoping a Florida doctor’s testimony could be a crucial element in their case against Amy Senser.

Prosecutors want to fly in Dr. Rick Sponaugle of Palm Harbor Florida for Senser’s trial. He works at a center that specializes in treating addiction and chronic pain.

Court documents show Senser’s husband talked to Sponaugle about the hit-and-run accident his wife was allegedly involved in. The records suggest Senser admitted she knew she hit someone.

Senser’s attorney has maintained she knew she hit something the night of the accident, but had no idea it was a person.

Thirty-eight-year-old Anousone Phanthavong was hit and killed along the Riverside exit ramp off of Interstate 94 in August last year. Amy Senser is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and her trial is scheduled to begin on April 23.

Senser is the wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser.

Comments (47)
  1. reginald says:

    Most of us understand “stuff happens” and that we don’t always make the best choice under stress.

    I think the main reason there’s so much hostility towards these two is because they will not belly up to the bar, admit what she did and that he tried to cover it up, and accept responsibility for what they caused.

    They aren’t setting much of an example for their children by taking every possible opportunity, including outright lying, to shirk their responsibilities. Plus, it sure must put a lot of unnecessary pressure on their kids because the kids’ friends, and the parents of the kids’ friends, aren’t stupid – they know what likely happened, even if Papa Joe and Amy continue to pretend it didn’t.

    I feel sorry for their children but I have zero sympathy for Jo and Amy.

    No wonder his restaurants are closing.

    1. Agree says:

      I completely agree. People are not mad they have money, that she was in an accident, etc. They are mad at all they lying, blaming the victim, the lawyers idiotic statements to the press.

      She should have taken responsibility; if not at 1st, at least by now. Poor examples for everyone’s kids.

    2. Tom says:

      @ reginald

      I agree with what you said!

      I believe that Joe and Amy thought they would get special treatment because of who he is!

    3. Jeff Belzerr says:

      Funny….. you’re speaking as if she’s been convicted of a crime. As far as I am aware, she has yet to be proven guilty.

      1. Mike says:

        Your right Jeff, she hasn’t been proven guilty in a court of law, but admitting you were driving the car that resulted in the death makes her forever guilty in the realm of public opinion.

    4. See BS says:

      Cars have the right of way on blind exits for the busiest freeway in the State of Minnesota.

      1. wowwowwow says:

        So what does that mean you can just hit and leave, You know when you hit someone, this is a bunch of garbage i hit cat before and you can tell , A human body is a lot bigger

  2. Times up!! says:

    Reginald, you are exactly right-on!! Had Amy done the decent responsible thing, stop when she hit that man, call 911 for help, wait there til help arrived THIS whole incident, thou awful, would of been deemed ‘an accident’. But her fleeing the scene leaving that man to die ( and yes she knews she hit a person)is what made it …a criminal veh homicide. She killed the man no two ways about it and her jerk lawyer is lying for her and blaming the victim. Off to jail for Amy for a good long time…let her think about what shes done, throw her husband in the clink too….for trying to get her off.

  3. Honestly says:

    But seeing how she is rich, pretty, and blonde, I am sure she will get a light sentence.

    1. jackactionhero says:


      1. just sayin says:

        I’m sorry, I don’t think she’s attractive at all. She looks like a stuck up you know what with a face lift.

    2. justice soon says:

      pretty??? your eyesight must be very bad. the description that comes to mind is: scary very scary!!! and hopeing for a long sentence. She killed a man!!!

      1. wowwowwow says:

        well she did but it is after all an accident she just needs to pay her debt, I really don’t think it does society any good to put her in jail for what some people on here are saying.

  4. srg says:

    The only reason Joe would talk to Dr. Sponaugle is if Amy hit a “person”. If she only hit an “object” Joe surely would not have found a need to talk to Dr. Sponaugle. That fact alone tells me that she knew she hit a person.

  5. idknockthebottomoutofit says:

    I’m looking

  6. mkp says:

    It’s never too late to tell the truth.

    1. Kevin says:

      Good God…its nevert to late for a trail………

  7. mwallek says:

    Money looks to be attempting to buy priviledge in this case. Years, not months need to be in the sentencing now, since they’re trying with all possible means to skate.

  8. Tired of Haters says:

    CCO sure is playing favorites on this subject again. Don’t think this will be printed, but CCO have some cooth in journalism

    1. Wonder Woman says:

      My goodness – I do have have any such thing so please refrain from your little boy comments

    2. Chigger .44 Stoppers says:

      Yeah – get out a paint brush and try to clean her up…. the picture and the weetchs life.
      Get the trial rockin’ and lets be done.
      I am anxiously looking ahead to the civil trial where God will make sure things are done right. 😉

  9. Culturallyelite says:

    He’s the front for a few sports bars not Andrew Carnegie.

  10. m says:

    WOW Kevin you are mean? what if it happened to one of your family members?
    The truth hurts !
    It’s not about whos suing who. It’s about principles!!
    I agree with Reginald.

  11. Jay says:

    Had She just given up and addmitted what She did. The way the minnesota court system works, she would be out of jail by now.

  12. PoliticiansSUX says:

    I hope you all are judged by the same standard that you are judging her. No facts in this story, but you all hae her in jail already. I can only hope you all are tried publicly and by opinioin only, no facts.

    1. Lars Penus says:

      jail??? hellsbells dude – I got her swinging in the wind up there

    2. wowwowwow says:

      People alway’s love to pounce,We can’t let fact’s or justice get in the way.Everybody love’s to judge.

    3. Chigger .44 Stoppers says:

      Dummy – the facts were on the weetchs front bumper
      ’nuff said

      Now may she join the victim and then we’ll call it a day

  13. Mike says:

    Hey Folks _

    Eat and Run Special now on at Sensor’s Bar and Grill!

    It’s all free!! Shsssh! Don’t tell Amy!! keep it a secret!

  14. watson says:

    sad on many levels

  15. do do says:

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I don’t think she is ugly at all, no she is not a number 10 but a lot better looking then the average mpls sweet hog….Let’s see what your wife looks like at 50 !

    1. Wonder Woman says:

      You surely meant sweat and not sweet there do do …. at least we hope so

  16. Bud says:

    Amy had alcohol in her system is why she did not stop and call the police.

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      Put that together all by yourself? Grade A detective work. Were you drinking with her? Have you seen the credit card receipts? Did you talk to the bartenders?

      1. wowwowwow says:

        It’s known rico,The whole thing is if she wasn’t married to joe we wouldn’t be having this chat.

        1. justice says:

          is she wasnt’ married to ‘cover-up joe’ she’d been in the slammer long ago…case over!!! her day is coming…justice for that man she mowed down & killed is soon here.

          1. justice says:

            i meant: IF she wasn’t

  17. I like to eat says:

    Seners’s has great burgers and beer specials that’s what people should remember here. Lets no throw the baby out with the bath water people!

  18. BB says:

    I feel for this man’s family and the fact they have to watch the Sensers’s do everything they could to cover up and avoid still now to take responsibility. I hope they throw the book at them and his family gets justice.

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      Do have as much sympathy for the victims and families this man terrorized as a career criminal?

      1. Chigger .44 Stoppers says:

        yeah sure thing there Uncle…… why don’t you wander up to the north side tonight after dark and

        1. Uncle Rico says:

          So you don’t care about the victims this man terrorized because it doesn’t fit your lynch mob ideals?

      2. jay says:

        Spell much? I can guess you never finish school.

        1. Uncle Rico says:

          Come back to the board when you’re perfect, D-hole. Your immaturity indirectly validates my point. Suck it.

  19. LINGUINI LIPS says:

    Just another trophy/pedestal wife turning older, beauty fading, and tipping a few now and then. Probably more now than then.
    How much did that chest of hers cost anyway?

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