Three killed in hit-and-run crash Sunday morning

Posted at 12:10 PM, Oct 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 09:10:46-04

UPDATE 10/24 8:07 a.m. -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the three people who were killed in a hit-and-run crash in an Uber car early Sunday morning.

All three women were from Chicago. 32-year-old Amy Taylor, 30-year-old Ashley Sawatzke, and 35-year-old Lindsey Cohen were killed after two suspects in a Lexus ran a red light and crashed into them.

Autopsies are being performed Monday.


Milwaukee Police are investigating a traffic accident that killed three people early Sunday morning.

Police say a driver of a Lexus R350 ran through a red light, going southbound on 2nd Street and struck a Ford Fusion going westbound on Clybourn Avenue.

The owner of the Ford Fusion was on-duty as an Uber driver and was transporting three female passengers, all in their 30's. Two of passengers were from Illinois and died on the scene from their injuries. The third passenger later died at a local hospital. The 41-year-old male driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

There were two men in the Lexus who both fled the scene on foot after the accident.

Kayla Whaling, an Uber spokesperson, released the following statement:

"We are devastated to hear of this tragic accident and extend our deepest thoughts to all those grieving for the loss of their loved ones. We will support the police investigation in every way we can and hope the person responsible comes forward."

Milwaukee Police is still investigating the accident and are still looking to identify the occupants of the Lexus.