A heavily drunk Minnesota man reportedly crashed his car while speeding down a highway killing his 20-year old girlfriend.
Both the accused driver and his girlfriend have been identified by authorities. While the driver has been identified as 21-year-old Michael Campbell, his girlfriend has been identified as Ria Patel, a woman who seems to be of Indian descent.
The man who is accused of leaving his girlfriend behind in the car presuming her to be dead, was arrested from his Minneapolis-area home on Tuesday. The man was identified due to the wallet that he had left behind in the wrecked vehicle.
A report in the Star Tribune said that the woman who was identified by police as Ria Patel. A University of St. Thomas student, died at the scene.
The man who was arrested from his home has reportedly been booked into Hennepin County Jail.
Michael Campbell’s friends described his condition before he embarked on a drive with his girlfriend as super drunk. He has also admitted to drinking before leaving his home with Patel. Friends told cops that they didn’t know the couple was gone.
The man told authorities that he was so scared by seeing the condition of his girlfriend that he felt traumatized and so fled from the scene. A witness told police she saw a man — later identified as Campbell — digging around in the car and leaving the scene before cops arrived.
Eyewitnesses claim that the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Sept. 17 at the intersection of Stinson Boulevard Northeast and Ridgeway Parkway. The police officers had to work hard to extricate the woman from the wreckage, but she died at the scene.