Trial Date Could Be Set Today For Mason Hartke (with VIDEO)

MASON HARTKE Photo: Indiana State Police

Photo: Indiana State Police

Bloomfield (NNDC) – A trial date for a Jasper man charged with a three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and three counts of reckless homicide in Greene County could be set today.

Indiana State Police say a pickup truck driven by 19-year old Mason Hartke crashed into a disabled car of a Newburgh family along I-69 just west of the Monroe County line November 13th.

46-year old David Rinehart, his 74-year old mother Ruth Ann Rinehart and his 17-year old daughter Sophie Rinehart,

The family was returning home from Indianapolis from a national marching band contest where Sophie and the Castle High School band had performed.

Sophie’s 18-year old Sister Josie was seriously hurt but survived. Hartke suffered a broken arm.

ISP says Hartke’s blood alcohol level of was .16% more than two hours after the accident which was at about 3:20am EST.

Police say Hartke had just left Bloomington after a day of partying and drinking at Indiana University.

The Rineharts car had pulled off to the shoulder of southbound I-69 after hitting a deer when Hartke’s truck veered off the highway crashed into it.

Police say both Josie Rinehart and Hartke were trying to crawl out of their vehicles when the first state trooper arrived on scene.

ISP says Hartke’s pickup truck was traveling at least 76 miles and hour at the time of the collision.  Police found no skid marks before the point of impact.

All six charges against Hartke are Level 5 felonies. Hartke is free on a $60,000 bond.



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