A woman in rural Minnesota tried to have her twin sister take the blame for her involvement in a fatal crash with an Amish buggy carrying four children earlier this year. The crash killed two of the children and sent the other two to the hospital. Court documents revealed that the driver of the silver 2005 Toyota 4Runner that slammed into the buggy likely swapped places with her twin before law enforcement arrived.
The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office had identified the SUV’s driver as Sarah Beth Petersen, a 35-year-old woman. However, her twin sister Samantha Petersen was likely the one behind the wheel. Both sisters were at the crash site with two different Toyota SUVs, both registered to Samantha, when authorities arrived.
The sheriff’s office were prompted to further investigate who was really the driver when deputies listened back to audio recorded inside a police cruiser when Sarah was being held in the back. While unattended, Samantha approached the passenger window to talk with Sarah about how the deputies couldn’t tell them apart.
It’s tragic that two children were killed by a reckless driver, but it’s somehow made even worse that the driver was willing to let their own sister take the punishment for it.
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