Brooklyn Center woman sentenced for running over pedestrian after leaving Taco Bell

A Brooklyn Center woman who hit and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn Center this summer was sentenced to prison Monday.

Police responded to a hit-and-run near Xerxes Avenue and Bass Lake Road on the afternoon of June 1. There, they found a woman who had extensive injuries. She was taken to a hospital, where she died a week later.

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A witness told police he was in the drive-thru of the nearby Taco Bell shortly before the hit-and-run and identified 59-year-old Tammy Renae Olson as the driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian. The witness added that, before the hit-and-run, Olson was yelling at him about moving too slowly.

Police tracked down Olson at her home that night, found the front of her vehicle damaged. Officers also smelled alcohol while talking to Olson, who claimed the pedestrian ran out in front of her. Police noted Olson then admitted to having a few alcoholic drinks before driving, and her license was canceled due to multiple prior impaired driving convictions.

After the victim died, the charge against Olson was upgraded to criminal vehicular homicide. She pleaded not guilty in August but changed her plea earlier this month as part of a plea deal.

Olson was sentenced Monday to four years (48 months) at the Shakopee Correctional Facility and received credit for 91 days already served.