Published: Tue, November 15, 2016
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

IN teen, 2 relatives killed in overnight vehicle crash

IN teen, 2 relatives killed in overnight vehicle crash

Authorities said three family members returning home from the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis have died in a crash.

The crash resulted in the deaths of 46-year-old David Rinehart, 74-year-old Ruth Rinehart and 17-year-old Sophie Rinehart, all of Newburgh.

Sophie's sister, 18-year-old Josie Rinehart, was taken to the hospital.

Sophie Rinehart wowed judges with her voice and helped push the Castle High School marching band into the cut to be one of the 12 best in the country Saturday.

According to state police, David Rinehart struck a deer and pulled to the shoulder in his 2015 Honda Civic.

Police say the Honda was hit by 19-year-old Mason Hartkey's pickup truck.

Hartkey was taken to the hospital with a fractured arm.

The Rinehart family has been notified and the crash investigation is still ongoing.

It was the first time the high school has been selected as a finalist in the competition, according to the Christian Post.

David Rinehart was the worship and music pastor at Crossroads Christian Church, and was driving with Ruth, his mother and his two daughters. She died in a vehicle accident on the way home from the competition.

'It was just so incredibly special, ' he said of Sophie's performance. "There are no words to describe the pain and shock we all feel". May her family, friends, and the Castle band family find peace'.

"As many of you already know, Lucinda Rinehart 2nd grade teacher, experienced a family tragedy last night".

Crisis teams were available for students, faculty and staff at the school and Vogel Elementary School beginning on Monday, Schneider said.

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