Trial date set for suspect in fatal hit-and-run of IU student

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – A trial date has been set for Madelyn Howard, the 22-year-old woman who police say fatally hit IU Junior Nathanial Stratton with her car.  

The trial will be held on March 27 of next year. Howard is facing felony charges for reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. 

At 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, police responded to a report of an accident with injury at the intersection of North Walnut and 12th Street. 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.  

Police later spotted Howard at the intersection of Lincoln and 19th, where 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.