Mequon man pleads guilty in fatal Uber crash

Sentence could be 35 to 40 years

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A 23-year old Mequon man pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a crash in downtown Milwaukee that killed three people and seriously injured a fourth.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors said they'll recommend 35 to 40 years of initial confinement in prison for Jasen Randhawa.

According to a criminal complaint, Randhawa was driving more than 30 mph above the speed limit and ran a red light at the intersection of 2nd and Clybourn Streets on Oct. 23, 2016, before smashing into an Uber vehicle with four people inside.

Three friends from Chicago returning to their hotel in the Third Ward after a night out -- Ashley Sawatzki, Amy Taylor and Lindsey Cohen - were killed in the crash.

Tim Snyder, the Uber driver, was seriously injured. A GoFundMe account has since been set up to help with his medical expenses.

Randhawa turned himself in to authorities about 36 hours after the crash. He and his passenger fled the scene on foot.

According to a criminal complaint, video captured inside of a taxi after the crash shows Randhawa admitting that he'd been drinking and shouldn't have been behind the wheel.

Randhawa has a previous OWI conviction on his record, and was driving despite a revoked license at the time of the crash.

He previously faced a dozen felony charges, including three counts of second degree reckless homicide.

As part of Monday's plea agreement, Randhawa pleaded guilty to the three reckless homicide counts, as well as one count of 2nd degree reckless injury.

Three counts of hit and run involving death and one count of hit and run involving great bodily harm were dismissed. 

Prosecutors also dismissed three counts of knowingly operating a vehicle on a revoked license causing death, and one count of knowingly operating on a revoked license causing great bodily harm.

Randhawa will return to court May 19 at 8:30 a.m. for sentencing.

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