By Mary McGuire

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A vigil will be held on Thursday night to honor the life of 20-year-old Ria Patel, a St. Thomas University student.

The vigil falls on the same day her boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Campbell, will go before a judge, charged in connection to the crash that killed Patel in Minneapolis Sunday morning.

Investigators believe Campbell was behind the wheel around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning when he slammed into a stop light at Stinson Boulevard and Ridgeway Parkway.

Patel, who friends say was his girlfriend, was the passenger in the car.

After the collision, witnesses told police Campbell ran away before emergency crews arrived, leaving Patel trapped in the car.

It took authorities two days to track down and arrest Campbell in Wright County.

Campbell’s first court appearance will be at 1:30 p.m. in Hennepin County.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

The vigil for Patel will be at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night on the St. Thomas University campus.

Comments (3)
  1. We need to stop being so lenient with drunk drivers! Confiscate their car, punish anyone that knowingly lends them their car or enables them to drive, toss them in prison after the first conviction.

    1. That would put one of every seven Minnesotans in prison. Who would be left to pay for the new stadiums ? Who would be left to pay the welfare bills for our Somali, our Hmong and our not so new welfare recipients who have been on welfare for eight and ten generations ?

  2. Too bad she had no friends to keep vigil while she was alive, friends who would tell her the truth, that contrary to what the liberal socialists at St Thomas preach, you cannot change a low-life into someone safe to be around.

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