Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Chicago women were killed, driver critically injured while riding in an Uber in Milwaukee after they were T-boned by a 2015 Lexus R350 that ran a red light

Updated 41 mins ago
MILWAUKEE (WLS) -- Three Chicago women were killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding in an Uber in Milwaukee early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The three victims were passengers in a 2013 Ford Fusion headed west in the 200-block of West Clybourn Avenue around 2:48 a.m., when police said a southbound 2015 Lexus R350 ran a red light at North 2nd Street and slammed into the Ford.

Two of the victims, identified as 30-year-old Ashley Sawatzke and 32-year-old Amy Taylor, died at the scene. Police said the third victim, identified as 35-year-old Lindsey Cohen, was rushed to a hospital, where she later died.

Police said the Uber driver, a 41-year-old man, was also transported to a hospital with critical injuries.

Police said two men in the Lexus ran from the scene after impact. As of Monday morning, they were still on the run.

The Lexus was not reported stolen, police said. The investigation in ongoing.

We have been writing about the deadly U.S. roads for many years.  More than 35,000 people are killed every year, and millions injured.  The death rate on the U.S. roads is among the greatest on the world, at about 1 person killed per 10,000 residents per year.  Only third world countries have worst death rates.