Rumpke pleads to reduce charges in deaths of mom, daughter

Rumpke pleads to reduce charges in deaths of mom, daughter
Patricia and Jessica Lutz. (Provided)
Patricia and Jessica Lutz. (Provided)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The driver charged with hitting and killing a mother and her daughter walking on Colerain Avenue last year pleaded no contest to reduced charges Wednesday.

Theodore Rumpke, 23, was convicted on two counts of negligent homicide and faces a maximum one year in prison, 5 years probation and $1,000 fine when Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory sentences him Sept. 30.

Rumpke was charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide in the Oct. 12 accident.

He told authorities he was not looking at the road because he was arguing with his girlfriend when his Jeep Wrangler hit Jessica Lutz, 29, and Patricia Lutz 65, as they walked on Colerain Avenue near the intersection of East Miami River Road on Oct. 12.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The mother and daughter often walked together while praying, according to family members. Before leaving the house on Oct. 12, Patricia left her husband Vince a note that read "I'm just walking the street - Join me!"

The Lutz family was aware a plea deal was worked out in the case, but they declined comment after proceedings Wednesday.

So did Rumpke, his family and attorney.

Rumpke was released last year on $40,000 bond and remains on house arrest.

He can go to work but is forbidden to drive as a condition of his house arrest.

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