A driver who allegedly fled the scene of a Sunday crash in Minneapolis, in which his girlfriend died, has now been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Michael Laurence Campbell, 21, is accused of running away from the accident after he sped his car into a traffic light near a highway exit ramp, according to Hennepin County prosecutors. He allegedly left behind his girlfriend, a 20-year-old student, to die.
According to the Star-Tribune, Ria Patel was crushed by the impact and died at the scene. The traffic light had collapsed onto the roof of the car, on its passenger side.
A witness told police she watched the red car bounce off the traffic light post, according to KTSP. Then, she watched Campbell run away from the car, toward a McDonald's restaurant.
Investigators found Campbell at a home two days later. Police then brought him to a hospital for a routine checkup before transporting him to jail.
Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with the two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Each charge could carry a up to a decade in prison. Campbell was already on probation for a separate hit-and-run from January. He’s also received five speeding citations, possession of marijuana in a vehicle, as well as a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign and careless driving.
Campbell admitted to drinking before driving. According to a complaint, he said he fled the crash because "he was so traumatized by seeing the state of (Patel) after the crash." One of his roommates told police that Campbell had been "super drunk” before leaving the residence around 2 am the night of the fatal accident.
A GoFundMe has been created in the victim’s honor.