It's been a week-full of drama, emotion and intrigue. Yet, the star witness in the Amy Senser trial still hasn't taken the stand. That's expected to happen Monday, as Senser herself tries to explain her side of the deadly hit-and-run to the jury.
Senser's defense all along has been she did not know she struck Anousone Phanthavong the I-94 exit ramp last August, and thus did not stop and did not call police.
On the stand Monday morning, an expert, paid witness for the defense. Dr. Paul Olson, with 22 years at General Motors studying driver visual perception and how to improve night-time driving safety, testified Phanthavong would have been very difficult to see the night he was struck and killed.
"In my judgment, the probability would be very low," he said.
He also noted all the "visual clutter" that was on the Riverside exit ramp that night: a number of signs noting the construction in the area. That's a lot of different things that catch a driver's eye.
"Unfortunately for this victim, it worked against his visibility."
The prosecution has already completed its case. Last week, an accident reconstructionist from the Minnesota State Patrol testified that Phantavong would have been fully-illuminated in his white t-shirt by one of Senser's SUV headlights.
The case could go to the jury by Tuesday. Will the 12 jurors believe Amy Senser's story?