Man convicted in hit-and-run that killed Indiana girl, 16

September 16, 2022 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A man has been convicted in the hit-and-run death of a 16-year-old Indiana high school student struck by his car last year as she prepared to board a school bus.

A Bartholomew County jury deliberated about six hours Thursday before convicting Shiam Sunder Shankara Subramanian on two felony counts in 16-year-old Lilly J. Streeval’s death.

Subramanian, 26, was charged in September 2021 with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury, and passing a school bus while the arm signal is extended causing death, The (Columbus) Republic reported.

Investigators said Subramanian struck Streeval on Aug. 30, 2021, in Columbus as she attempted to cross two lanes of traffic to reach her stopped Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. bus.

The Columbus East High School student was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said Subramanian drove away from the scene but was followed by a witness and taken into custody after his car got stuck in a yard in Columbus, a city about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.

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A judge set sentencing for Oct. 27 for Subramanian, who is a citizen of India and in the U.S. on a work visa.

In 2019, Indiana lawmakers approved tougher penalties for drivers who pass school buses with extended stop arms after three children were fatally struck while crossing a highway to board a bus.