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Drunk Driver Crashes into Car on Shoulder of Highway, Killing Three

glass of liquor next to car key

According to the Greene County Daily World, a 19-year-old man crashed into a car parked on the shoulder of Interstate 69, killing three passengers and injuring another in Bloomington, Indiana.

Driver’s BAC Twice the Legal Limit

Police say Mason Hartke, 19, left Indiana University after a night of partying and drinking at around 3:59 a.m. local time on November 13. The crash occurred on Interstate 69 near mile marker 104, where a separate car had just crashed into a deer.

Hartke, traveling at 76 mph, veered off the right side of the road and struck the car in the shoulder, reports the Greene County Daily World. When officials arrived on the scene – responding to the earlier single-vehicle, deer involved accident – they discovered two vehicles in the grass off of Interstate 69.

David Rinehart, Ruth Rinehart, and Sophie Rinehart died in the crash. The fourth passenger, Josie Rinehart, survived the accident with cuts and abrasions. She received treatment at IU Health Bloomington, reports the Greene County Daily World.

It was determined that Hartke had been drinking with friends before and after the Indiana University football game earlier that day. Hartke’s friends told officials that he had many drinks that day and that he did not have a track record for making good decisions. Hartke’s blood alcohol concentration was .159 at 5:58 a.m.

The Greene County Daily World reports that Hartke faces three counts of felony operating while intoxicated with a BAC greater than .08 causing death, and three counts of reckless driving.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 in 2014, 19 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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