Arrest made in Bloomington hit-and-run that killed National Guardsman
Bloomington, Indiana – The Bloomington Police Department (BPD) arrested a man Sunday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run.
On Saturday, police responded to the intersection of W. 17th Street and N. Kinser Pike on a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries around 11:32 p.m.
Officers found two vehicles in the front yard of a home on the northeast corner of the intersection.
Police said the driver of a maroon 1990 Ford Mustang was seen trapped in the driver’s seat.
According to BPD, it was determined that the driver of a black 1996 Toyota 4Runner had fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers.
The driver of the Mustang––identified as 18-year-old Matthew Roecker, of Poland, Indiana––was removed and taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries from the crash.
Roecker was an active National Guardsman who was staying in Bloomington. Roecker had been deployed to aid in Indiana’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, according to his family.
Investigators developed probable cause that the driver of the 4Runner that had fled the scene was Joshua J. Mullins, 42, of Dekalb, Illinois.
BPD said officers searched for Mullins at several locations Sunday morning, but were unable to find him.
Around 1:00 p.m., police received a tip that he was possibly at the Wheeler Mission Center on the 200 block of S. Westplex Avenue.
Bloomington police went to that location and Mullins was taken into custody without incident.
He remains at the Monroe County Jail and faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
The Indiana National Guard provided the following statement on the death of Matthew Roecker:
“We are extremely saddened by the loss of Pfc. Matthew Roecker. He was a mechanic with the 139th Forward Support Company based in Crawfordsville, Indiana, who was on active-duty orders assisting with COVID-19 response efforts at a long-term care facility in Bloomington. Our primary focus is our people, and when our most valuable asset decreases by one, that loss reverberates throughout our organization, the Indiana National Guard. We extend out deepest condolences to his family, friends and his fellow soldiers.”