Columbus East student dies while getting on school bus

Shiam Sunder Shankara Subramanian. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Note: This story has been updated

A Columbus East High School student has died after being struck by a car Monday morning while attempting to get on the school bus.

16-year-old Lily J. Streeval of Columbus died due to blunt force trauma to the cervical spine and chest, according to the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office.

The car’s driver fled the scene of the crash without stopping, but has been arrested.

According to reports from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the crash happened at about 6:55 a.m. Monday morning in the 1900 block of South Gladstone Avenue. Police say the bus was stopped with its stop arms extended, and Streeval was attempting to cross the road to get on the school bus. That’s when the driver of the car ignored the stop arms, passed the bus and hit the student.

The driver fled the scene and was followed by a witness before getting stuck in a yard on County Road 250E, where he was taken into custody.

The driver, 25 year old Shiam Sunder Shankara Subramanian of Columbus was arrested on preliminary felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, reckless driving and passing a stopped school bus with arms extended causing death.

Streeval was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department and Indiana State Police are investigating the fatal hit and run crash.

“We are working closely with Bartholomew County School Corporation officials in regards to this investigation,” said Chief Deputy, Maj. 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.”

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department