Suspect charged in Maple Grove pedestrian fatal

9:02 PM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Maple Grove woman is now charged with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a pedestrian who was hit and killed while walking down the sidewalk in late January.

Linda Hamm was officially charged in the incident Monday by Hennepin County prosecutors. They allege that the 61-year-old Hamm was drunk the afternoon of January 31 when she drove her SUV up on a sidewalk near the Shoppes of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.

Ann Blake, 54, of Maple Grove was struck by the vehicle as she and her sister walked. Investigators say Hamm's blood alcohol reading was .18 two hours after the fatal crash, more than twice the legal limit. They also found a vodka bottle in her SUV.

After hitting Blake, Hamm's truck crossed a cement median and struck another vehicle. Officers on the scene described her as disoriented and showing signs of intoxication.

Hamm turned herself in late Monday night at the Hennepin County Jail, posted bail and was released. She was ordered to have no contact with witnesses until after her trial.

If found guilty Linda Hamm faces a possible 10 years in prison.

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