MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Tests show the driver who hit and killed a woman near the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove was under the influence of alcohol, according to investigators.
The Star Tribune reports her blood-alcohol content of 0.169 percent. An empty bottle of vodka was later found in the SUV.
Ann Blake, 54, was walking on a sidewalk near Elm Creek Boulevard and Hemlock Lane on January 31 when authorities said an SUV jumped the curb, struck and killed her.
Maple Grove police say that after hitting Blake, the driver of the SUV crossed over a cement median and struck a vehicle.
Police say the 61-year-old woman behind the wheel was disoriented and showed signs of intoxication. She consented to a preliminary breath test which showed the presence of alcohol.
The driver was taken to North Memorial Medical Center to be treated for injuries. She remained their as of Tuesday.
The Family of Ann Blake released a statement after hearing about Tuesday's report:
We have just heard that there is a preliminary report that the driver of the vehicle was over the legal limit for alcohol at the time of the accident.
This information at least provides closure as to the cause. Nothing can bring Ann back or erase the pain that everyone who was close to her has felt for the last week.
We express our sympathy for the driver's family and friends and for the terrible pain that they must be feeling. The driver never knew Ann. It could have been anyone standing where Ann was standing last Tuesday. We all know people who have struggled with the illness and pain that is associated with alcohol abuse. We believe in forgiveness and are now grieving for the driver and her family as well as for Ann.
Our focus at this time is on Ann's children. The family and community are taking care of the children and we are working together to keep life as normal as possible for them under the circumstances of having lost both parents in a four-month span of time.
We want to thank all of those in the law enforcement community for the professional and caring manner in which they have pursued the investigation.
The investigation continues and the incident will be reviewed for charges by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office as soon as the investigation is complete.
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