Man accused of killing three in hit-and-run crash With Uber driver sentenced to 39 years in prison

He pleaded guilty to homicide charges

A Mequon man who killed three people and injured a fourth in a hit-and-run crash downtown last year was sentenced to 39 years in prison Friday.

Jasen Randhawa, 24, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of second degree reckless homicide and one count of second degree reckless injury. The court sentenced him to the 39-year sentence followed by another 16 years of supervision. 

According to a criminal complaint, Randhawa was intoxicated and driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit when he ran a red light and crashed into an Uber driver's vehicle on October 23, 2016.

Randhawa was also driving on a revoked license.

Passengers in the Uber vehicle, Ashley Sawatzke, 30, Amy Taylor, 32, and Lindsey Cohen, 35, were killed. The three women lived in Chicago and in were in Milwaukee for the weekend.

"All we have now are memories," said Sawatzke's father Greg. "Those memories have to last us the rest of our lives."

Sawatzke was originally from the Milwaukee area.

"I will never get to walk my beautiful daughter down the aisle on her wedding day, and have that beautiful father-daughter dance," Greg Sawatzke said.

Many of the women's family members, including Amy Taylor's mother, expressed frustration that Randhawa ran from the accident scene and waited a day to turn himself in.

"Actions speak louder than words, and I know how fast he can run," said Jennifer Taylor. "In that instance, he managed to destroy me. He took my entire family, leaving me alone."

Amy was Jennifer Taylor's only child.

"Amy was my everything. She was my reason for living," Jennifer Taylor said. "She was my world. She was the first person I would text every day."

The Uber driver, 41-year old Tim Snyder, was seriously injured in the crash.

After leaving the scene of the crash, both Randhawa and a passenger in his vehicle took two separate cab rides, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators said video from the second taxi shows Randhawa discussing the crash, saying "I know I shouldn't of drove," and "I've never been in more pain."

As of the publication of this story, Randhawa had not yet been sentenced.

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