Connie Stroud weeps guilt in wrong-way crash that killed unborn baby
Back in December, when Connie Stroud was arrested for plowing into a minivan and killing an unborn baby after driving the wrong way down a freeway off-ramp, State Patrol spokesman Capt. Matt Langer said, "I feel comfortable saying she was intoxicated," without waiting for toxicology test results.
Stround admitted as much during a tearful appearance in Hennepin County Court today, where she pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide.
She said she'd been drinking at Tryg's, and got lost going home in her Toyota Tundra pickup truck before hitting a Toyota Sienna minivan carrying eight people head on the I-94 ramp at 49th Avenue North.
Tao Thao, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant and a passenger in the van, survived but lost her baby. Her husband, Yia Vang, and their five children, ages 3 to 10 years old, were all injured in the crash.
According to the criminal complaint, police found Stroud slumped over the steering wheel of her heavily-damaged pickup. They smelled alcohol in the cab. The Minneapolis woman's "eyes were bloodshot and watery, she was slurring her speech and had urinated in her pants." And she told a witness at the scene, "I'm drunk, I'm sorry."
KARE 11 caught Stroud's apology:
"I'm just sorry... and I take responsibility for that," she told the Thaos. "I will spend my life always thinking about what I did... I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."
Sentencing is in September.
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