Woman admits being high when her speeding pickup left street, fatally struck former U track athlete


October 3, 2023

Abigail "Abby" Anderson

A woman has admitted to being high on opioids when her speeding pickup truck veered from the street near the University of Minnesota women's soccer facility and fatally struck a 29-year-old former Gophers track athlete.

Melinda J. Dotray, 47, of Rockford agreed to plead guilty in Ramsey County District Court last week to criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the crash in Falcon Heights on Aug. 14, 2021, that killed Abigail "Abby" Anderson.

In exchange for her plea, the County Attorney's Office said it would dismiss all other counts including a more serious third-degree murder charge.



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