Family of Roseville Man, Senser Settle Civil Lawsuit
"No financial settlement will ever replace what the family has lost."
A day after a jury convicted her on two felony counts in the hit-and-run death of a Roseville man last year, Amy Senser has settled a civil lawsuit brought against her by the deceased's familly.
Attorneys for the family of Anousone Phanthavong said today (Friday) that a financial settlement has been reached in the civil lawsuit against the Sensers for the death of the 38-year-old man. Phanthavong was struck and killed by Amy Senser while driving her Mercedes SUV.
The Phanthavong family has chosen to keep the amount of the settlement confidential, their attorneys said.
In a statement, the plaintiffs' attorneys ( Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben) said, "No financial settlement will ever replace what the family has lost. They will forever be without his kindness, generosity and companionship.
The standard of proof in the civil case required only proof of “ordinary negligence, i.e. that Amy Senser failed to use reasonable care in the operation of her vehicle”.
The Schwebel firm said, "The testimony in the criminal trial demonstrated overwhelming evidence of Amy Senser’s negligence. She failed to see Anousone Phanthavong’s vehicle with its four-way flashers activated, failed to see him standing alongside of his vehicle when he would have been clearly visible in her Mercedes headlights, and failed to travel at a reasonable speed for an exit ramp.
The last eight months have been difficult and painful for Anousone’s family. The conclusion of the criminal case and the civil case is a meaningful step for them in moving toward closure of this tragedy."
On Thursday, a Hennepin County jury convicted Amy Senser on two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor count of careless driving. The jury acquitted Senser on one count of grossly negligent driving.