MILWAUKEE -- 23-year-old Jasen Randhawa pleaded guilty on Monday, February 13th to four felony charges in connection with a fatal crash near 2nd and Clybourn that happened on October 23rd. Eight other charges were dismissed and read into the court record.
Randhawa pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree reckless homicide and one count of second degree reckless injury. The counts that were dismissed include hit-and-run involving death and knowingly operate while revoked.
Three women from Illinois were killed in the October 23rd crash. All three were from Chicago, and in their 30s. They were co-workers at an advertising firm.
The women’s Uber driver, Timothy Snyder, was seriously hurt in the crash.
The deadly crash happened after police say Randhawa, driving a black Lexus, ran a red light, striking an Uber car. Court documents indicate Randhawa was speeding and driving drunk. The speed limit in the area where the crash occurred is 30 miles-per-hour.
Randhawa, who officials say left the scene of the crash, along with his passenger, turned himself in on October 24th. Court documents indicate he planned on reporting the Lexus he was driving as stolen after the crash.
"And he did it in a most outrageous manner. And that requires punishment," said Steve Kravit, an attorney who represents the family of Lindsey Cohen. "Instead of staying there and dialing 911, he ran."
Randhawa's defense attorney called the situation a tragedy all around.
"This is a nice person that caused great harm to other people. He hates it. He knows it," said John Schiro, defense attorney. "It's something that my client thinks about every day."
Randhawa will be sentenced on the morning of May 19th. An attorney representing one of the victim's families said he will argue for 35 to 40 years prison time.
Although eight of the charges were dismissed against Randhawa, the judge can take them into consideration during sentencing.