MILWAUKEE — A man accused of running a red light and slamming his SUV into a car, killing three passengers and injuring their Uber driver, has been charged with a dozen felonies including reckless homicide.
A criminal complaint alleges 23-year-old Jasen Randhawa was driving about 30 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash early Sunday. Three friends who worked at a Chicago ad agency were killed — 32-year-old Amy Taylor, 30-year-old Ashley Sawatzke and 35-year-old Lindsey Cohen.
All three victims worked in advertising in the city and were friends from work. Taylor and Cohen worked at Energy BBDO on Michigan Ave.
According to the complaint, Randhawa fled on foot from the scene. He allegedly called a friend to tell him he had been in an accident and was drunk.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, after Randhawa crashed his car, he and his passenger ran and got into a taxi. “A recording system inside the cab captured him saying he left his keys inside the SUV he’d been driving ‘because I’m bleeding and I have a DUI and we just crashed the (expletive) out of it.'”
The Journal-Sentinel, citing the complaint, also reports, “Randhawa planned to report the car stolen and claim the thieves were driving it at the time of the crash, according to the friend he called. That same friend was at a restaurant when Randhawa arrived in the taxi. His friend then drove Randhawa home to Mequon, where they saw police cars waiting outside the house. As a result, they decided to return to downtown Milwaukee.”
Randhawa turned himself in to police the following day. His defense attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment.