Joe Senser's bloody car seized in deadly hit and run

Former Vikings tight end and current local sports media personality Joe Senser is the owner of a car involved in a deadly hit and run accident.

The Mercedes SUV that hit and killed 38-year-old Anousoune Phanthavong around 11 p.m. on August 23 has been found inside Senser's garage and belongs to the former football star, but early reports don't have Senser as the suspected driver.

Senser had reportedly loaned the car to one of his daughters the night of the accident. The car was found to have a bobby pin, earrings, and the cap off a "Mike's Hard Lemonade" inside it after Minnesota State Patrol executed a search warrant at Senser's Edina house, Fox9 reports.

Phanthavong, who'd been the head cook at True Thai restaurant, was filling his car with gas when he was hit by the SUV.

The search warrant was executed by State Patrol Investigators after authorities got a call from a lawyer on behalf of the owner of the car involved in the accident, according to Fox 9.

Senser, a Pennsylvania native, was a 6th-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1980. Senser played four years for the Vikings, including a standout 1981 season for which he was named to the Pro Bowl. His career was cut short by injury, but after Senser's playing days he stuck around the Twin Cities and opened up a chain of sports bar-restaurants.

There are now Joe Senser's Sports Theaters in Edina, Bloomington, Plymouth and Roseville.

Senser is also a radio personality on WCCO, where he broadcasts University of St. Thomas football games.

According to Fox 9, Senser has four daughters. Family members have spoken to investigators about the case, but have not shared information. No arrests have yet been made.

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