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HIT-AND-RUN BILL: Drivers must investigate what was struck

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota House will take up a bill Tuesday that clarifies what a driver must do in a potential hit-and-run situation.

Bill HF 1335, authored by Rep. Rosenthal, would “expand a driver's duty to stop for motor vehicle collisions and legally require them to investigate what was struck by their vehicle.”

The "Amy Senser Bill" would also define that "not knowing what was struck" is no longer a legal defense for those accused of a hit and run collision.

After spending fewer than 2 years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash, Senser was released from prison last week on a work release.

Her own testimony claims she did not see now-deceased Anousone Phanthavong, nor does she recall seeing his Honda Accord on the side of the ramp with its emergency flashers on.

Prosecutor Deborah Russell argued Senser knew she hit something -- and she had to have known it was something worthy of her attention because of the severity of the crash. Even though Senser would not know the difference between hitting a barrel and hitting a human body, the injuries to Phanthavong and damage to Senser's SUV show the impact would have been significant, and any reasonable or unimpaired driver should have stopped to investigate.

The House will convene at 12 p.m.

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