Driver charged in death of Andover woman


Linda Lee Hamm

by Eric Hagen
Staff Writer

The driver who allegedly struck and killed a 54-year-old Andover woman was charged Feb. 27 in Hennepin County District Court with one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide.

Linda Lee Hamm of Maple Grove posted a bail bond of $150,000.

Ann Louise Blake of Andover was killed Jan. 31 just before noon while standing at the corner of Elm Creek Boulevard and Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove, according to police.

The family in a statement said that Ann was “a high energy person whose friends and neighbors have called the activity director. She was always looking for family-type activities for parents and children. She was active in her church and community and was recognized as an advocate for children with autism.”

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Maple Grove Police Department was notified at 11:46 a.m. Jan. 31 of a vehicle driving erratically and at excessive speeds southbound on Elm Creek Boulevard near 80th Circle in Maple Grove.

A Maple Grove officer quickly located the vehicle near the Elm Creek Boulevard intersection with Main Street and pulled behind the suspect. Hamm allegedly signaled to turn south on Hemlock Lane, but missed the turn and drove over the cement island where Blake and her sister were waiting to cross Hemlock Lane at the designated crosswalk.

According to the BCA, Hamm continued across Hemlock Lane and struck one vehicle, pushing it into another.

The Maple Grove police officer who witnessed the accident went to the aid of Blake, but she was already dead.

The officer next approached Hamm and allegedly observed signs of intoxication and disorientation. She was transported to North Memorial Medical Center with injuries. She agreed to take a preliminary breath test, which registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.169, according to the criminal complaint.

Hamm also agreed to provide a blood sample. The BCA analysis allegedly determined that Hamm’s BCA was 0.18 within two hours of the accident. During a Feb. 1 search warrant of Hamm’s vehicle, police allegedly located an open vodka bottle.

Hamm surrendered herself Feb. 27 to the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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