Indiana University student killed in hit-and-run identified Sunday night

Monroe County Coroner Joani Stalcup identified 20-year-old Nathaniel Stratton who died after hit-and-run early Sunday. 

Here is the text of the release from the Coroner’s Office:

“The Monroe County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim in the hit and run fatality that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, 9/18/2022, as Nathaniel Stratton, 20, of Miromar Lakes, FL.

Nathaniel is a student at Indiana University. An autopsy will be conducted on Tuesday, 9/20/2022, in Terre Haute to confirm cause of death.”

Earlier story:

A 20-year-old man hit while riding a scooter at the intersection of 12th and North Walnut Street in Bloomington, Indiana died, and a 22-year-old woman who allegedly hit him with a vehicle, and fled, was arrested, according to a press release from the Bloomington Police Department.

The collision took place around 1:50 a.m., and emergency responders found the injured rider in the intersection. A woman who left the scene in a 2012 Mercedes was located by the IUPD in the area of 19th and Lincoln Streets.

The driver of the Mercedes failed dexterity tests, according to police, then the scooter rider died around 6 a.m., according to police.

The vehicle driver is being charged with the following:

“Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death, level 4 felony

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury or Death While Intoxicated, level 3 felony.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 18, 2022

For more information, please contact:
Captain Ryan Pedigo
Bloomington Police Department
(812)349-3324
[email protected]

Bloomington Police Investigate Fatal Crash

On September 18, 2022 at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers with the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) responded to the intersection of N Walnut Street and 12th Street in reference to a crash with injury. Several witnesses called 911 to report that the vehicle involved in the crash had fled the scene and was last seen traveling northbound on Walnut Street at a high rate of speed. It was reported that the suspect vehicle had struck a person riding an electric scooter and that the rider of the scooter was badly injured.

Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old man lying along the east edge of the roadway just north of the intersection. An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter and transported the man to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. As officers were on scene, an officer with the Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of 19th Street and Lincoln Street. BPD officers responded to that intersection and observed a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz passenger car with damage to the windshield. Officers also located a badly damaged electric scooter nearby. A security officer that had been driving through the area advised officers that they had seen the passenger car driving northbound on Lincoln Street and it sounded as if the car was dragging something. The security officer stated that the car stopped at the intersection of 19th Street and Lincoln Street and a female got out of the driver’s seat and a male got out of the front passenger seat. The security officer heard individuals nearby tell the occupants of the vehicle that they were dragging an electric scooter under the car and the bystanders helped the driver remove it just prior to IUPD arriving on scene.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Madelyn N. Howard (22, Crown Point), failed dexterity tests and was taken into custody. She was transported to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a blood draw, then to the Bloomington Police Department for further questioning. At approximately 6:00 a.m., BPD was notified by the hospital that the victim had died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Investigators were able to view security camera footage from a business located near the scene of the crash and the involved vehicle can be seen driving by at the time of the crash with the passenger side tires up on the sidewalk on the east side of Walnut Street. The vehicle appears to be traveling at a high rate of speed and an individual on the sidewalk can be seen jumping into the grass to avoid being struck by the vehicle just prior to it striking the victim on the scooter.

Madelyn N. Howard (DOB 11/07/1999) was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for the following charges:

Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death, level 4 felony
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury or Death While Intoxicated, level 3 felony.

The Bloomington Police Department is extremely appreciative of the assistance provided by the Indiana University Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

No further information is available to be released at this time.

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Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is
presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A booking photo of Howard, courtesy of the Monroe County Jail, is attached.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

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