Teen arrested in connection with I-69 crash that killed southern Indiana family members
UPDATE (Nov. 9, 2017): Mason Hartke pleaded guilty to three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death with a BAC of .08 or greater. Three counts of reckless homicide were dismissed as part of his plea deal. He was sentenced to 5 years on each count to be served consecutively. However, the judge suspended 1.5 years of each sentence, meaning he’ll serve a total of 10.5 years.
GREENE COUNTY, Ind. — A Jasper teenager has been arrested in connection with an I-69 crash that killed three members of a southern Indiana family last Sunday.
Mason Hartke, 19, is charged with three counts of Operating While Intoxicated with a BAC greater than .08 Causing Death and three counts of Reckless Homicide. All six charges are Level 5 Felonies.
Police say Hartke was driving southbound near the 103-mile marker of I-69 when he left the road for an unknown reason and struck the Rinehart family’s vehicle that was parked on the shoulder.
The Rineharts had reportedly stopped after they hit a deer while driving home to Newburgh from a band competition in Indianapolis. David Rinehart, 46, Ruth Rinehart, 74 and Sophie Rinehart, 17, died as a result of the crash. Josie Rinehart, 18, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The family members killed in the crash were laid to rest this week.
Hartke turned himself in early Saturday morning after a warrant was filed for his arrest. His bond has been set at $60,000.