Early Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota a vehicle driven by a driver described as 'super drunk', crashed into a pole at a traffic light.
The passenger, his girlfriend, 20-year old Ria Patel, died at the scene.
The driver, Michael Campbell, 21, ran from the scene of the crash.
The entire passenger side of the car was crushed in the accident and the roof had caved in on Ria's side.
A witness to the crash's immediate aftermath saw Campbell running away from the car and toward a nearby McDonald's. Soon after he returned though, and was seen "digging for something inside the driver's side area of the car." (Cops later found Campbell's wallet, with his drivers license in it, at the scene of the crash.)...
When Campbell noticed the bystander, he told her to call 911; informed that she already had, Campbell fled the scene again on foot.
When police tracked him down on Tuesday, two days after the crash, Campbell admitted to drinking before he got in his car that night. He said he'd left the scene "because he was traumatized by seeing the state of Ria after the crash."...
He was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one charge coming for "grossly negligent" reckless driving, and the other for leaving the scene of the accident.
Campbell's roommates, who had been with him and Ria hours before the accident, reported Campbell had been "super drunk" when they'd seen him.
In the past, Campbell has numerous speeding convictions, plus a failure to stop, careless driving, and, earlier this year, a hit and run conviction for fleeing an accident.
Ria was a student at the University of St. Thomas, where she was a junior majoring in finance. She is originally from England. Friends say she was always smiling and happy, and she brought much joy to the lives of others.
Our deepest sympathies are with her grieving loved ones and friends. Rest peacefully Ria...
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