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Driver says he was arguing with girlfriend at time of crash that killed mom, daughter

Theodore Rumpke (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Theodore Rumpke (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Theodore Rumpke told authorities he was not looking at the road because he was arguing with his girlfriend when he hit and killed a mother and her daughter walking on Colerain Avenue, court records show.

Rumpke, 23, appeared in a Hamilton County courtroom Friday on two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide.

He was booked into the county jail Thursday and was held overnight without bond.

Shortly after Friday's court appearance, Rumpke posted bond on four counts of $10,000 each. His next court date is Jan. 30. 

Jessica Lutz, 29, and Patricia Lutz, 65, were walking near the intersection of East Miami River Road and Colerain Avenue about 6 p.m. Oct. 12 when they were hit by Jeep Wrangler, officials said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

[Related: Mother and daughter killed while walking in Colerain Twp.]

Police say Rumpke "negligently" operated a motor vehicle by running off the right side of the road about 47 feet and striking the women, causing their deaths. 

Rumpke's vehicle re-entered the road and came to a stop.  

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