Charges: Brooklyn Center woman ran over pedestrian after leaving Taco Bell
A woman is in critical condition after being run over in Brooklyn Center on Wednesday.
The driver of the vehicle that hit her and fled the scene has now been charged.
Tammy Renae Olson, 59, is charged with criminal vehicular operation.
According to a criminal complaint, police were called to the area of Xerxes Avenue near Bass Lake Road at around 3:08 p.m. and found a woman unconscious and badly injured. The victim was taken to a hospital and suffered extensive, life-threatening injuries, including broken bones from her legs to neck and serious internal bleeding.
As of Friday, authorities said the victim wasn’t expected to survive but she remained in critical condition.
A witness told police he was in the nearby Taco Bell drive-thru before the incident and a woman — later identified as Olson — in the vehicle that hit the victim was yelling at him about moving too slowly, the complaint states. Before he left, he took pictures of Olson and her vehicle, which allowed police to track her down and arrest her at around 8 p.m. the same day.
The complaint notes that Olson was wearing the same clothes as she was in the witness’s pictures and her car had front-end damage. Additionally, she smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking a few alcoholic beverages before driving and hitting a woman, who Olson said ran out in front of her. She also told police she knew she’d hit someone but drove straight to her house instead of stopping.
Olson has multiple prior impaired driving convictions and her license was canceled for public safety reasons, the complaint states.
Her first court appearance was set for Friday afternoon.