Coroner releases name of victim in deadly hit & run

Affidavit: 16-yr-old arrested after deadly hit & run in Evansville
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Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 9:29 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2022 at 11:17 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville teenager is in jail after a deadly hit and run incident Sunday night.

Officers were called to a gas station at the intersection of East Franklin Street and Weinbach Avenue around 9 p.m.

Once they got there, they say they found the victim laying on the parking lot with severe injuries from being run over by a car.

Authorities tell us she was taken to the hospital where she passed away.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Officer identified her as 33-year-old Megan Schaefer.

According to an affidavit, she was hit by a white Honda Civic that was stolen while parked at the gas station.

Authorities say video footage showed two people standing outside of the gas station when the woman with the Civic pulled in, parked and left the car running to go inside the store.

Officers say the suspect then backed into another vehicle with Schaefer inside.

The affidavit states she got out of her car to block the white Honda Civic from leaving.

That’s when authorities say the car accelerated and hit Schaefer. They say the car ran over top of her.

“As she was walking over to the vehicle that just hit her vehicle, the suspect put the car in drive, accelerated and deliberately hit her,” said EPD’s Sgt. Anna Gray.

By examining surveillance footage, investigators were able to match the suspect’s description with Mateo Rodriguez.

An investigation led officers to Rodriguez’s home where he was taken into custody.

He’s facing several charges, including murder.

“A 16-year-old, when you see someone in front of your car and you deliberately accelerate you know what you’re doing,” said Gray. “And the fact that once he struck her with the vehicle, he didn’t stop. He just kept going.”

Officials with the Evansville Police Department tell us Rodriguez is being charged as an adult.

At this time, they say the stolen Honda Civic has been found at a home near N Rotherwood.

The second male seen in the surveillance has not been found.

Authorities say the second male is a person of interest in this case.

If you have any information call EPD at 812-436-7979.

The coroner says Schaefer died due to blunt force trauma of the head.

Mateo Rodriguez.
Mateo Rodriguez.(Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office.)

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