Jasen Randhawa pleads guilty to 4 charges in fatal crash; “Something my client thinks about every day”

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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.

Jasen Randhawa

Jasen Randhawa

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.

Ashley Sawatzke, Amy Taylor, Lindsey Cohen

Ashley Sawatzke, Amy Taylor, Lindsey Cohen

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.

3 women killed in crash at 2nd and Clybourn

3 women killed in crash at 2nd and Clybourn

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.

3 women killed in crash at 2nd and Clybourn

3 women killed in crash at 2nd and Clybourn

"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."

Jasen Randhawa

Jasen Randhawa

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.

5 comments

  • Voice of Reason

    Why were any of the charges dropped on this loser?? He had no leg to stand on and would have been convicted of all charges.

  • A YOOPER

    Why drop charges? The guy fully intended to avoid responsibility for his actions. Ask the family & friends of the young women killed and injured driver for their thoughts. Nothing short of a life without parole is the proper sentence for this guy. Did his buddy who also fled receive any charges? There certainly must be something to charge him with.

  • Trumpinitup

    AND from past news on this gentleman; HE was busted for DWI charge a year earlier (I may be incorrect on the date) and “apologized” for his actions and told the court he learned from that incident and would never get behind the wheel again drunk…. OBVIOUSLY he didn’t…. Throw the book at him… He killed three innocent people and seriously injured another and then tried to cover it up. If he was remorseful, he would have stayed at the scene and fessed up immediately. HE should have died….. As Red from “70’s show” says: “DUMB ASS”

  • Trumpinitup

    Story from FOX 6 Oct 27 2016 stating the earlier case for revocation of his license:

    “The complaint makes reference to a 2015 license revocation for Randhawa for OWI.
    In May of 2016, his history of drunk driving after revocation came up at a meeting at City Hall in Milwaukee.
    Randhawa appeared as a new agent for his father’s convenience store business. Aldermen questioned him.”Do you still drink?” asked Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper.
    “If I was to drink, I would make sure that I’m not getting behind the wheel,” Randhawa said. “You don’t drink and drive?” Stamper asked.
    “Correct,” Randhawa said.
    The family convenience store was granted the ability to keep operating with extended hours. The head of the committee told the young man to stay connected with the alderman.
    Five months later, Randhawa is now charge for allegedly causing this crash, killing three and critically injuring the Uber driver.

    But the Dumba$$ got his slap on the wrist and looked what happened. 5 MONTHS LATER!!!!! Now his family will have to pay for his mistake along with the families of those that were killed due to his selfish lying behavior.

  • Realist

    “It’s something that my client thinks about every day.” – How is that even relevant? The guy that killed 3 people “thinks” about it? Defense attorney should just keep their mouths shut.

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