Drunk driver hits man and leaves him braindead, then dead


Image courtesy of Minneapolis Police Department

A woman who struck a pedestrian early Sunday and left him a vegetable has been charged with felony criminal operation of a vehicle. The victim died today after he was taken off life support.

Kirsten Bungum Driscoll, 49, rammed her black Audi into a Metro Transit bus shelter at the intersection of 39th Avenue South and Lake Street in Minneapolis, around midnight on Sunday, June 14. When Minneapolis police responded, they found the Audi on the sidewalk, resting against a walk sign post. The remnants of a Metro Transit bus shelter--which had been bolted to the ground--were scattered across the car, according to the criminal complaint. A pair of shoes lay near the bus bench.

Police found 48-year-old Christopher Steven Iverson unconscious on the ground, gasping for breath and with a pool of blood around his head. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Iverson has not regained consciousness and testing shows no brain activity, according to his doctors. The Star Tribune reported that his family took him off life support today.

Witnesses say that Driscoll drove onto the curb and struck Iverson, throwing him into the air. She stumbled out of her car and appeared drunk. Her blood alcohol level was .19 -- more than twice the legal limit.

"I was just coming from my daughter's graduation party," Driscoll told police. "I took Lake Street because the freeway is closed and I just, I don't know, just fell asleep."