Vigil held for Minnetonka grad killed in Indiana hit-and-run crash

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Friends and family gathered Thursday night in Bloomington, Indiana, to remember a Minnetonka High School grad who was killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend.

Nate Stratton, a 20-year-old junior at Indiana University, was killed Sunday when a suspected drunk driver hit him while he was riding an e-scooter, according to reporting from WRTV in Indianapolis.

“I can never express what it meant to be a sister to my brother,” Nate’s sister Ceci Stratton said at Thursday’s vigil. She and other speakers wore Nate’s clothes for the gathering. “And I wish I could live the hundreds of lives that he touched if it meant learning just a little bit more about him.”

Minnetonka High School Principal Jeffrey Erickson says Nate Stratton graduated in 2020. “He was an amazing young man,” Erickson said.

He was also a member of the Team Gilboa Ski Team, which mourned his death in a social media post.

“Beyond being an athlete, student, teammate, friend, brother, and son…Nate was an exemplary human being and had a wonderful soul. His empathy for others was unmatched,” the ski team wrote.

A crash report shows a woman was driving between 50 and 70 mph and swerved into a bike lane, hitting Stratton and dragging a scooter for roughly half a mile.

The alleged driver, Madelyn Howard, faces three felony charges in connection with the crash: reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.