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Additional charges pending in fatality

Additional charges are still pending after an Oct. 11 crash killed an infant on S.R. 62 near Hidden Valley Road.
Rachel Blumenstock, 19, of Corydon, mother of 8-week-old Alayna Hanlin, was taken to University Hospital in Louisville after her Honda was struck by a Ford truck driven by Gregory Puckett, 19, also of Corydon. Blumenstock has since started physical therapy.
Puckett, who had no apparent injuries and refused medical treatment, according to police, was charged with Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and Class C misdemeanor illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Puckett’s blood-alcohol level was 0.15.
Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said the Indiana State Police is handling the crash reconstruction report and results should be ready in two to three weeks. Depending on the results of the report, he said, additional charges could be filed against Puckett.
Puckett, who had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf at a court hearing Oct. 17, posted 10-percent court cash of a $100,000 bond and was released from jail. His next court date was set for Monday, Nov. 24, in Harrison Superior Court.
A fund has been established in Blumenstock’s name at Chase Bank to help with funeral expenses and medical bills. Donations can be made at any Chase location.
On Halloween night, there will be a benefit for Blumenstock from 6 to 9 p.m. at KentJava Bar at 227 E. Chestnut St. in downtown Corydon. There will be a costume contest, music by Grace Gusler and Shannon Sillings, drink specials, paninis and soup, with 10 percent of all sales going to the Blumenstock family.
Also, on Nov. 1, there will be a dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 at VFW Old Capitol Post 2950 in Corydon.

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