Family friend texted with Amy Senser after fatal crash

Amy Senser
In this Sept. 16, 2011, file photo, Amy Senser leaves with her husband, former Minnesota Vikings football star Joe Senser, right, after a court appearance in Minneapolis. Prosecutors allege she hit 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong of Roseville on a freeway ramp last year as he was putting gas into his car.
AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jean Pieri, File

During the fourth day of the Amy Senser hit-and-run trial, a family friend says she had text message conversations with Senser the day after the crash that killed Anousone Phanthavong.

Sandra Delgehausen testified Thursday that Senser texted that there was an accident the night before, that it was a nightmare and that she would not be able to talk about it. Delgehausen testified in Hennepin County District Court that Senser told her to find out more about it in the news.

Investigators say 45 text messages from Senser's phone were deleted or are missing from that day.

Delgehausen also said she had a brief telephone conversation the night of the crash with Amy's daughter Molly. Senser was supposed to drive her two daughters and their friends home from a concert in St. Paul that night, but didn't.

Delgehausen said Molly asked her if she had been with her mother earlier that night. Delgehausen said she told Molly she hadn't, and Molly told her to stay away from her mother. Delgehausen said she then asked Molly to put Amy on the phone, but Molly refused.

Anousone Phanthavong
This 2011 photo provided by True Thai Restaurant shows Anousone Phanthavong, who was killed on a freeway exit ramp in August 2011. Amy Senser faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Phanthavong's death. A prosecutor says Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Joe Senser, came forward in the fatal hit-and-run only after her stepdaughter threatened to go to police.
AP Photo/True Thai Restaurant via St. Paul Pioneer Press

Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Delgehausen if Molly said anything about her mother being drunk or being in an accident. Delgehausen said no.

Amy Senser is charged with three felony counts stemming from the Aug. 23, 2011 accident that killed Phanthavong. Senser has admitted driving the vehicle that hit Phanthavong, but her lawyer said she didn't know she hit a person.

Amy's husband, former Viking Joe Senser, finished his testimony Thursday morning.

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