A Racine man was charged after he lost control of the SUV he was driving and crashing head-on into another car, which killed two men and injured another Sunday morning, according to a criminal complaint with the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Ramone Campbell, 30, of Racine, was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of hit and run-resulting in death, one count of hit and run – great bodily harm, reckless driving causing great bodily harm, felony hit and run-injury, reckless driving causing injury, and obstructing an officer. Campbell received a repeat offender enhancer on all nine charges due to having prior felony charges.
Campbell also admitted to drinking alcohol, using cocaine and smoking marijuana about 24-hours before the crash. If convicted on all charges, Campbell faces up to 229 years in prison and/or fined up to $282,000
According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police responded to a report of two cars that crashed head-on at 1:54 a.m. Sunday, June 21 in the 100 block of Main Street. A witness leaving an area tavern in the 200 block of Main Street told police she saw Campbell driving a black SUV southbound on Main Street. Campbell lost control of the SUV, went into oncoming traffic and crashed into a silver Malibu.
Raymond Schweissenger Sr., 57, and James Peterson, 31, were the two men in the Malibu that were killed in the crash, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.
A witness, who works for a security company, chased Campbell and used his taser on him to stop Campbell from running away. Campbell told officers with the Racine Police Department that his name was “Montrail Campbell,” but they later discovered that he was using his brother’s name and his name was Ramone Campbell.
A passenger in the SUV told police he and Campbell had been at a party drinking alcohol and he left at 8 p.m. But Campbell left sometime after 12 a.m. and tried to get the man to go to another bar. When they left that bar, Campbell began driving “at a fast speed, not stopping for stop signs.” The man told police Campbell was driving the SUV at about 50 to 60 mph.
A third person that was in the Malibu was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. That man has a ruptured diaphragm and several broken ribs, according to the criminal complaint.
An autopsy on Schweissenger and Peterson revealed that the two died from blunt force trauma from the injuries they sustained in the car crash. None of the three men in the Malibu were wearing a seat belt, according to the criminal complaint.
Campbell told police that he had four beers and three shots of Cognac at the party, and smoked weed Saturday morning and did cocaine Friday night. At first he told police he didn’t go to the bar after the party, but then later told police that “he did stop and talk to some people outside the bar.”
He also told police he didn’t think he was driving too fast, but he knew he didn’t want to get stopped by the police. Campbell also told police he ran from the scene because he knew he owed child support and had a probation hold.
Campbell is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. July 1 in Racine County Felony Court.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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