Longfellow man struck by drunk driver removed from life support

A late-night drunk driving accident has led to the death of Longfellow resident Christopher Iverson.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged Kirsten Bungum Driscoll, 49, on June 16 with Criminal Vehicular Operation, a felony, for allegedly driving drunk and crashing her car into the 48-year-old Iverson as he stood at a bus bench at 39th Avenue and East Lake Street just after midnight on Sunday, June 14.

The accident left Iverson without brain activity. According to an article by Chao Xiong in the Star Tribune, Iverson was disconnected him from life support on Tuesday, June 16 and died that day.

Iverson’s brother-in-law Bill Breeggman told the Star Tribune that Iverson “went really peacefully.”

According to the article, Driscoll admitted to police that she had been drinking, saying, “I just, I don’t know just fell asleep.” A preliminary breath test showed that Driscoll had a breath alcohol content of .19 — more than twice the legal limit — according to the Minneapolis Police Department. Charges could be changed to criminal vehicular homicide, according to the article.

last revised: June 17, 2009