Hit and Run claims life of pedestrian; Suspect in custody

According to information released Tuesday evening by the Jasonville Police Department, the pedestrian struck in a Monday evening hit-and-run has passed away from his injuries, and after an intense investigation to locate the driver, a suspect was taken into custody Tuesday evening.

Scene in Jasonville Monday night. Photo by Jasonville Police Department.

Scene in Jasonville Monday night. Photo by Jasonville Police Department.

JPD officers and other first responders were dispatched to an area in the 400 block of West Main Street in Jasonville on Monday evening on the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident.

When they arrived on the scene, they found a 54-year-old man who was unresponsive. The injured man was airlifted to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses on the scene told officers the suspect vehicle was an older Ford pickup truck that fled westbound on Main Street.

JPD officers were then joined by other officers from Greene, Sullivan and Clay counties in an attempt to scour the area looking for the suspect and the suspect vehicle.

According to information released by JPD, the very next day, today-Tuesday, April 16, using evidence from the crash scene and video from various businesses in the area, officers determined the suspect vehicle was a 1982 or 1983 Ford F-150 XL pickup truck.

Using records from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for Greene, Sullivan and Clay counties, officers were on the road tracking down every truck that matched the description of the suspect vehicle which led them to a suspect who was taken into custody this evening (Tuesday, April 16).

Suspect in custody. Photo by Jasonville Police Department.

Suspect in custody. Photo by Jasonville Police Department.

Billy Robert Schubla, 66, of Linton, was transported to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to be booked in to the Greene County Jail.

As of 8 p.m., Schubla was still involved in the booking process and information was not yet available regarding the arresting officer, the amount of bond or a mug shot.

Schubla is facing a preliminary charge of failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, a Level 5 felony.

In a post to the department’s Facebook page, JPD Chief Jim Gadberry said he was extremely proud of his officers.

“Most of them, including myself, have had very little sleep in the past 24 hours and it paid off,” said Gadberry. “My guys solved an arson case last week in less than 24 hours and we put closure to this one in less than 24 hours and I don’t know how you can ask for any more out of an awesome bunch of guys.”

No further information regarding the victim was released as of 8 p.m.

GreeneStreets will post an update or an additional story after more information is released through the morning jail log or when criminal charges are filed.