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3 members of family die coming home from band competition


by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:


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. She died in a car accident on the way home from the competition.

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. – Sophie Rinehart wowed judges with her voice and helped push the Castle High School marching band to make the cut to be one of the 12 best in the country Saturday.

It would be her last performance.

Rinehart, 17, was killed along with her father David Rinehart, 46, and his mother Ruth Rinehart, 74, driving home early Sunday, according to WXIN .

David was driving a 2015 Honda Civic when he struck a deer and pulled onto the shoulder of I-69, Indiana State Police said, according to the Courier-Press .

Mason Hartkey, 19, was driving a Chevrolet Colorado that weaved off the road and hit the Rineharts’ parked vehicle. Hartkey suffered a broken arm and was taken to the hospital.

Josie Rinehart, 18, suffered cuts and was taken to the hospital.

The school shared its condolences on Facebook:

” Please hug, cry, laugh, sing, and pray for each other today and the next day… and every day. That’s what the Rinehart’s would want us to do.”

The crash investigation is ongoing.

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