From the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department
1:00 p.m. update:
After reviewing different footage of the incident and gathering witness statements, at this point in the investigation it appears the bus was stopped with the stop arms extended and the driver disregarded those stop arms. When the driver, later identified as Shiam Sunder Shankara Subramanian, 25 of Columbus, disregarded the stop arms, he struck the victim as they were crossing the street to get on the bus and fled the scene.
The suspect was followed by a witness and later became stuck in a yard. He was located by Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Columbus Police Department officers.
He was transported to CRH for a blood draw. He was then transported to the Bartholomew County Jail and remanded for preliminary charges involving allegations of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death – Level 4 Felony, Reckless Driving / Passing Stopped School Bus with Arms Extended Causing Death – Level 5 Felony.
The victim name along with cause of death will be released later by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing.
Fatal Hit and Run Crash Investigation
Law enforcement officers from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department and Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a high school student that occurred earlier this morning.
At approximately 6:55 a.m., officers responded to the 1900 block of South Gladstone Avenue in regards to the incident. Witnesses reported that a Columbus East student was attempting to get on a stopped school bus when they were struck vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was followed by a witness who observed the crash. The suspect was located a short time later on County Road 250 East where he was taken into custody.
The student was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where they died as a result of their injuries.
The investigation into the hit and run crash is ongoing.
“We are working closely with Bartholomew County School Corporation officials in regards to this investigation,” said Major Chris Lane. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. A tragic event like this affects many people and we are thinking of everyone involved.”