Mother remembering her son in deadly hit & run crash
ELKHART, Ind -- The mother of a teen killed in a hit-and-run is now remembering him, on what would have been his 19th birthday.
On Friday evening, Ronnie Hapner, 35, allegedly struck two teens on the 3000 block of Greenleaf boulevard.
Blaine Fisher, 18, was riding his bike, while his friend McKade Nielsen, 18, was on his skateboard, when they were hit.
Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene, and Nielsen was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.
According to the Elkhart Police Department, officers arrested Ronnie Hapner at 3:57 a.m. Sunday.
He is now accused of leaving the scene of the fatal accident.
Fisher's mother says she was notified by his father on Saturday morning.
"They told me he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and had been hit by car. And had passed away at the scene. We cam inside and talked more and the chaplain was very helpful." said his mother, Jennifer Fisher.
The hit-and-run happened just three days before Fisher's 19th birthday.
"He shouldn’t have been allowed to be driving and this isn’t ok. And I think that people need to be aware that their choices have consequences. And that the choices they make affect people. And that just keeps going on and on. I mean I’m going to spend the rest of my life without my son," said Jennifer Fisher.