Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
St. Henry man charged with vehicular homicide
By Margie Wuebker
A charge of vehicular homicide has been filed against a former St. Henry man in connection with a June 29 traffic accident that claimed the life of his girlfriend.
Alan M. Rinderle, 23, who currently resides at 4083 North Star-Fort Loramie Road, New Weston, is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Celina Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 26.
The first-degree misdemeanor carries the possibility of 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
A sheriff's report says Rinderle and 21-year-old Rachel Brackman of Fort Recovery were en route from a birthday party when he swerved to avoid a deer along U.S. 127, north of Olding Road. His southbound 1998 Pontiac Firebird traveled across the centerline and off the left side of the road before colliding with a northbound 1992 Chevy pickup truck driven by Jeremy M. Homan, 20, 2820 state Route 119, St. Henry.
Homan reportedly saw Rinderle's approaching vehicle and traveled off the road in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the 4:31 p.m. accident, according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office reports. Both vehicles overturned upon impact and came to rest in the ditch.
Brackman, co-valedictorian of the Fort Recovery High School Class of 2005, was freed from the wreckage and taken by ambulance to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. She was transferred aboard a CareFlight emergency helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she died approximately 10 hours later.
Both drivers voluntarily submitted to blood tests after the accident with the results showing no detectable blood-alcohol content.