Three Chicago Ad Agency Staffers Die in Hit-and-Run Accident

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Three Chicago ad agency employees died early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run car accident in Milwaukee.

The women have been identified as Lindsey Cohen, 35, an account supervisor at Energy BBDO; Amy Taylor, 32, an account director at Energy BBDO; and Ashley Sawatzke, 30, a former Energy BBDO employee who moved to Leo Burnett four months ago.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the three women were killed after an Uber car they were riding in was struck by a driver who ignored a red light. The newspaper reported that the suspected driver fled the crash and later turned himself into Milwaukee police on Monday. A BBDO spokeswoman confirmed that the three women were friends.

"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," Energy BBDO President and CEO Tonise Paul said in a statement.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Ashley Sawatzke's passing. She was a valued and loved member of the Leo Burnett family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family at this time," a Leo Burnett spokesperson in a statement.

The Tribune reported that the Uber driver, Tim Snyder, is recovering at an area hospital.

Contributing: Lindsay Stein

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