WARSAW — A Pierceton man and a Warsaw women are both facing charges after allegedly being involved in a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Matthew C. Hoshal, 27, Etna Green.
At 2:21 a.m. on April 7, the Warsaw Police Department responded to the 700 block of North Lake Street to a request for assistance from local EMS technicians who were treating an unresponsive person. Hoshal was transported by Lutheran EMS to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Blake D. Dull, 24, 407 W. Elm St., Pierceton, who had already been charged with arson, a level 4 felony, is also being charged with leaving the scene causing death, a level 5 felony.
Hannah Elaine Shea, 28, 1815 Hepler Drive, Warsaw, is being charged with aiding, inducing or causing arson, a level 4 felony.
According to court documents, on April 7, a deputy from the Kosciusko County Sheriffs Office responded to a call in reference to a vehicle on fire near CR 600W and CR 1050N in Milford.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when the officer arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Located near the burning vehicle was a vehicle service contract bearing the name of Dull and a female subject. The burning vehicle was a 2012 Chevy Malibu 2LT.
The officer talked with the female subject listed on the contract, who advised she is the owner of the vehicle, but that it is operated by Dull. When law enforcement officers spoke with Dull, he admitted to setting the vehicle on fire and said he did it because he owes money on the vehicle and his mother can’t afford the payments.
Officers received information that Dull was involved in an accident which resulted in a death and had left the scene. Police spoke with a male who admitted that on April 7 he met with Dull and Shea and that Dull advised him he had struck a pedestrian on Lake Street and thought he killed the pedestrian. He also said that Shea was with him when he struck the pedestrian.
The male advised he observed damage to the passenger side of the Chevy Malibu and said that Dull told him he was going to burn the vehicle to cover up the damage caused by the accident.
The male admitted he followed Dull and Shea to the Milford area where he parked his vehicle. He stated that Dull and Shea set the vehicle on fire and then ran back to his vehicle. The male said he then drove Dull and Shea to Dull’s grandmother’s house in Pierceton.
Dull was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail April 17 on a $30,250 surety and cash bond. Shea was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail April 17 on a $10,850 surety and cash bond.