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Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run is ID'd

FORT WAYNE – A pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday morning downtown has been identified, according to a report from the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Nathanial A. Gatchell, 26, of Fort Wayne, died at a hospital shortly after he was struck by a vehicle in the 1100 block of Broadway, the report said.

Gatchell died of blunt force trauma. His death, the seventh traffic fatality in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2012, was ruled an accident, the coroner’s office said.

The crash happened about 2:45 a.m. on Broadway near West Jefferson Boulevard.

Fort Wayne police have said Anissa M. Northrup, 33, a city resident, was driving north in a minivan when she hit Gatchell, who was standing in the street or trying to cross it.

Gatchell was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police have said.

Witnesses reported seeing the minivan strike Gatchell. They told police the vehicle was light-colored and had damage to the front passenger side.

After the crash, the driver did not stop and traveled north on Broadway, police said.

Minutes later, a police officer pulled over a minivan matching the description in the area of Huffman Street and Franklin Avenue, about 1 1/2 miles north of the crash scene.

The driver, whom police identified as Northrup, was arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and two misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

She was being held Sunday night at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,750 bail.

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