Amy Senser-Phanthavong family civil lawsuit settled - KMSP-TV

Senser-Phanthavong civil lawsuit settled weeks ago

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

The civil attorney for the family of Anousone Phanthavong said a financial settlement with the Senser family was reached weeks ago, but kept a secret so it wouldn't prejudice the jury in Amy Senser's hit-and-run trial.

The settlement was officially announced Friday. The amount was not disclosed.

"No financial settlement will ever replace what the family has lost," attorney Jim Schwebel said in a statement announcing the settlement. "They will forever be without his kindness, generosity and companionship."

Amy Senser was found guilty Thursday afternoon on two of three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge in connection with the deadly hit-and-run crash last August. The guilty verdicts were returned for:

  • Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Fleeing the Scene of an Accident
  • Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Failure to Notify
  • Gross Misdemeanor - Careless Driving

Senser was acquitted of a felony criminal vehicular homicide - gross negligence charge. Read a complete breakdown of the verdict here.

The standard of proof in the civil case required only proof of "ordinary negligence" -- that Amy Senser failed to use reasonable care in the operation of her vehicle.

Attorneys for the Phanthavong family said the testimony in the criminal trial demonstrated "overwhelming evidence of Amy Senser's negligence."

"The last eight months have been difficult and painful for Anousone's family," Schwebel said. "The conclusion of the criminal case and the civil case is a meaningful step for them in moving toward closure of this tragedy."

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