Boyfriend of woman killed on Sherman Minton plans to file lawsuit


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 7:18 PM

(WHAS11) -- The boyfriend of the woman killed on the Sherman Minton Bridge last Thursday says he blames the faulty wiring on the bridge for her death.
“She could very well be alive today if them lights were working on that bridge,” said Russell Scholl.
Scholl says the couple ran out of gas on the bridge because Krista Hagedorn’s fuel gauge was broken. While the pair were filling up the tank a driver, who told police he didn’t see the couple, hit them. The impact killed Hagedorn.
WHAS11 has learned that the Indiana Department of Transportation has been aware of the broken lights on the upper-deck of the Sherman Minton Bridge have been out for nearly a year, and there are no immediate plans to fix the lights until 2015.
Scholl says he wants the State to be held accountable.
“Whatever money that costs I mean for them to do is that really more than her life?,” said Scholl.
Scholl says he plans to file a lawsuit citing neglect against the State of Indiana, because he feels the lighting issues need to be taken seriously.
“I hope that whoever this falls on, these people ask these questions before they go to bed at night and lay down and sleep so easy, which I haven’t done in four nights replaying all this in my mind.”
Scholl says he and Hagedorn had been dating for about three weeks. He describes her as a loving woman.
“She was a very affectionate girl. She was very sweet. She liked to hold hands,” said Scholl.
The Indiana Department of Transportation declined to comment on Scholl’s plans to file a lawsuit.
WHAS11 also reached out to Governor Mitch Daniels’ office for comment but was unable to reach anyone because of the Columbus Day Holiday.