Woman arrested after IU student was killed on scooter bonds out of jail

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bloomington police arrested Madelyn Howard, 22, early Sunday morning for allegedly hitting an IU student riding a northbound scooter on Walnut Street as they approached 12e Street.

Nate Stratton, 20, suffered fatal injuries.

Seventeen hours later, Howard released himself from the Monroe County Jail after posting $2,000 bond.

“It’s just incomprehensible. It’s one thing if she stopped and felt remorse, but the fact that she kept going,’ Brad Stratton said as he reunited with family members at the site where his son was killed. been beaten and killed.

“The detective told us she drove four blocks forward, two blocks to the right, then another to the right, so she drove six to eight blocks trying to escape the situation and had her windshield cracked, her car was destroyed, she was dragging a scooter. I mean, give me a break.

An accident report filed by the BPD shows that Howard’s Mercedes Benz swerved onto the bike path while traveling about 50 to 70 miles per hour, hit Stratton and continued north.

A video shared by an Uber driver shows the car turning east on the 17the Rue moments later, dragging the unoccupied scooter underneath, spitting sparks.

“She tried to get the scooter out from under her car by passers-by so she could continue driving and luckily the police arrived in time,” said Cecilia Stratton, Nate’s sister, who was told by a detective.

The BPD accident report also lists alcohol consumption as a contributing factor.

Howard shows a Crown Point home address, but a police report lists her as a resident of Bloomington.

Stratton was a junior at the Kelley School of Business on the Bloomington IU campus and recently made the dean’s list.

“He wanted to pursue the esports business and industry and he was really passionate about esports,” his sister said.

Stratton was originally from Minnesota and was an alpine skier.

“I don’t know how I’m going to be able to ski without him,” said his father. “He was the best skier I’ve ever skied with. Amazing. Fearless.”

Brad Stratton said the family were at their home in Beaver Creek, Colorado, early Sunday morning when a system monitoring their son’s diabetic status alerted them that there had been no intercourse for three hours.

“My wife tried to reach him in different ways. We had a location from here. She gave him a FaceTime. A police officer answered the FaceTime on his phone. She knew something tragic had happened.

“It’s just a tragedy for us. It is impossible to say in words that this person took our son away from us.

Cecilia left a dozen roses to mark the spot where her brother was struck just a block and a half from his house.

“He spoke to anyone. He loved anyone. He was the most compassionate friend. He was so fearless. He has always helped me through the most difficult situations with such compassion and empathy.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office cannot file a probable cause affidavit in the case until Friday.

Garland K. Long