Amy Senser hit-and-run charges coming today [UPDATE]

Amy Senser will face charges from the Hennepin County Attorney today.

Amy Senser will face charges from the Hennepin County Attorney today.

Amy Senser has had a few weeks to walk around free since admitting that she was the driver of the Mercedes SUV that killed Anousone Phanthavong. Now, after weeks of outcry over Senser's not being arrested or charged with a crime, she'll finally have to face justice.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is holding a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today to announce charges in the August 23 hit-and-run. After ten days of speculation, Senser admitted to being the driver that night.

There's no word yet on what charges are coming, but there are some clues for what to expect.


Yesterday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office determined that Phanthavong's death was "accidental," but serious charges could still be on the way: According to early reports in the case, investigators found the cap from a Mike's Hard Lemonade inside the car.

Senser might also be facing something in regards to her driving away from the scene of the crime. Jim Schwebel, an attorney for the Phanthavong family who is handling their wrongful death case against the Sensers, did not know if Anousone could have been saved with immediate treatment, but described his condition as "dead or dying" after the accident.

UPDATE: Senser has been charged with felony criminal vehicular operation, the Star Tribune reports. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

SECOND UPDATE: Amy Senser has turned herself in, and is being processed for her criminal charge, according to Marsh Halberg, an attorney retained by the Sensers. Halberg said criminal vehicular operation is the charge that the Senser's lawyers had expected, but said he hadn't yet seen the complaint. Eric Nelson, the lead attorney for the Sensers, will hold a press conference following Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's press conference today to discuss the charges.