For those of you who read this Blog across the globe, tomorrow is a big day in my city.
Last August a man was struck dead on a freeway exit ramp in Minneapolis, and the driver who hit him fled the scene of the incident.
The man killed was Anousone Phanthavong.
He was the lead chef at the True Thai restaurant.
At 38 years old, Anousone had worked his way up the ladder the old fashion way...by exerting plenty of elbow grease.
He was a leader in his work place, enjoyed in his community, and from what I've heard....was a hell of a chef.
Anyways, he was heading back to work even though it was his day off, but he wanted to give the cleaning crew rides home.
But his car ran out of gas and began to sputter so he had to pull off the side of the ramp.
When his vehicle was placed in what was thought to be a safe spot, he jogged a little over 100 yards where a gas station attendant who had just shut down his pumps, found pity on him and reopened them so he would be able to move his car off the ramp and get to safety.
Anousone went back and while pouring the petro in.....the police estimated he was hit at 55 miles an hour.
His body was dragged leaving a visual that I don't want to consider...let alone describe.
It was after 11 pm so not many people were aware of the tragedy until the next morning.
The Laotian community was in despair because there was no information as to who hit this emerging presence in their community.
Tick-Tock goes the clock and the Talking Heads news flashed the Twin Cities that Amy Senser, wife of former Minnesota Vikings legend Joe had gone into questioning with her husband and lawyer.
Now I have a tough enough time baking bread, I would never try to pass myself off a a journalist or a lawyer.
I'm just reporting the facts to you as I know them so you can hop on the internet and follow this case with us in the Twin Cities.
As you can imagine, quite a bit of controversy is brewing.
Apparently Amy fled the scene of the crime and said it isn't breaking the law if you didn't realize that you hit somebody.
Then reports hit the media airwaves that Anousone had some issues with chemical dependency, and supposition was cast out that perhaps he was (and these are my words) ALL COKED OUT and moving with an unpredictability on the ramp.
Many people feel that information was tossed into the air to buffer the fact that she bolted.
Our local newspapers have unveiled information slowly, but today I read that after the crash, over the next 1 hour and 19 minutes (and remember, this is around midnight and she is a 45 year old wife and mother) that she made 1 outgoing call and received 15.
Why would somebody call a mom on her way home 15 times????
Other reports declared that Amy mentioned to one of her daughters that she had been drinking that night.
Most of the people in my income bracket think Amy is at fault and because she is married to a local legend, she just might skate on this one. I mean lets face it, after the OJ trial, would any verdict surprise you?
However, friends and colleagues of mine in a higher income brackets have tossed the Hmong chef in with all the other minority / food service riff raff. They are claiming that Amy is being picked on by a liberal media.
Hear me well L.A.B. RATS -
I don't know if Amy Senser actually killed the dude while she was drunk and then bolted, but "O-M-G"... if she is innocent, it would of been in every bodies best interest for her to stay until the cops arrived.
So like I said, tomorrow the trial starts. I hope you will join me in paying attention to this case and if you are persons of faith....I am guessing that the family and friends of Anousone Phanthavong would be grateful for your prayers.