Hartke, Now Charged, Out On Bond; Was Going 76 MPH At Impact


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Bloomfield (WEHT/NNDC) – Mason Hartke, the 19-year-old who has been charged in the deaths of the Rinehart family of Newburgh, is currently out of jail on bond.

Hartke had turned himself in and was being held on a $60,000 bond.

The Green County sheriff’s office tells our media partner, WEHT/WTVW in Evansville.

Hartke faces three charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death and three counts of Reckless Homicide.

Indiana State Police says Hartke was driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 when he crashed into the Rinehart’s car.

The arresting affadavit claims Hartke was drinking ‘heavily’ on the Indiana University campus shortly before he collided with the Rinehart family’s disabled vehicle.

According to Indiana State Police, Hartke’s blood-alcohol content tested nearly twice the legal limit more than two hours after the crash.

ISP says Hartke told them he thinks he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Investigators say it does not appear Hartke tried to brake before his pickup truck hit the Rinehart car at an estimated 76 miles an hour.

The family hit a deer on I-69 in Greene County, Indiana and pulled off the road. ISP says Hartke then crashed into their car.

David Rinehart, 46, Ruth Ann Rinehart, 74 and Sophie Rinehart, 17, all died. Eighteen-year-old Josie Rinehart survived.

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