Three Chicago Ad Execs Die in Uber Crash

At 2:45 a.m. Sunday, three woman who work for Chicago ad agencies were killed while riding in an Uber. On their way to their hotel in Milwaukee, the Uber the three woman were riding in was hit by a Lexus SUV that was speeding and ran through a red light.

The three women -- Ashley Sawatzke, 30, Amy Taylor, 32, and Lindsey Cohn, 35 -- were killed on impact. The Uber driver, Tim Snyder, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 2015 Lexus R350 slammed into the side of the Uber vehicle, a 2013 Ford Fusion.

The three woman had worked together in account service at Chicago's Energy BBDO. Sawatzke left Energy BBDO this past summer to take an account supervisor position at Leo Burnett.

Of the tragic accident, Energy BBDO President Tonise Paul said in a statement: "We are absolutely devastated by the loss of these three incredible, exuberant young women who were taken from us far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones at this tragic moment. The grief of their absence is felt deeply across our Energy BBDO family."

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, there were two men in the Lexus, both of whom fled from the vehicle after it collided with the Uber vehicle. One of the men, described as a 23-year-old man, turned himself in to authorities Monday afternoon.

Uber company spokesperson Kayla Whaling said> "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."



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