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New trial date set for woman accused in fatal hit-and-run of IU student

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – The woman police say ran over an IU student who was on an e-scooter last fall and fled the scene of the accident has had her trial date rescheduled.

Madelyn Howard was originally set to stand trial this past March for the death of Nathaniel Stratton , but the trial was canceled. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Darcie Fawcett set Feb. 26 of next year as the new trial date.

Howard faces several felony charges including Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a level 3 felony, Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a level 4 felony, and Reckless Homicide, a level 5 felony.

As IUSTV News previously reported, on Sept. 18 of last year, police responded to a report of an accident with injury at the intersection of Walnut and 12th Streets.

Police say Howard had been driving with a male passenger in the car when she hit Stratton, who was riding an electric scooter, and then fled the scene.  

Howard was later found at the intersection of Lincoln and 19th, where police say her car showed evidence of damage, along with a heavily damaged scooter nearby, which bystanders helped her to free from dragging underneath her car. 

Stratton was transported to IU Bloomington Health Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries. He was a junior in the Kelley School of Business studying entrepreneurship.  

Indiana sentencing guidelines for level 3 felonies are between 3 and 16 years, level 4 felonies between 2 and 12 years, and level 5 felonies between 1 to 6 years.