"Yeah, we forgive him and we pray for him and we pray for that family and what he's going through," Jessica Ratts said.
According to the probable cause affidavit, detectives said Steven Finch was trying to open an Pandora Radio's music app. When Finch looked up, there was a glare from the sun. Finch told detectives he tried avoiding the crash, but detectives said he hit Harden's motorcycle. He also told detectives he noticed someone helping Harden.
The report said Finch reversed his car, hitting Harden and dragged his body accross the road before driving away. The report continued to state Finch admitted the crash happened because there was a glare from the sun and because he was distracted.
The probable cause also stated Finch then stopped at a car wash. Detectives believed it was to wash away any evidence. In the court documents it said Finch, then, drove to his parents' home in Ellettsville. His parents drove him to the police department where he turned himself in.
"I asked Mr. Finch if he realized that he had struck a person, as he had initially stated he thought he had struck a deer, and he stated he did. He again stated that he did not mean to hurt the person, but he said it happened so fast and that he could not see due to the glare," court documents said.
Travis Ratts, Harden's brother-in-law, shared notes with Fox59, written by Harden's mother.
"She wants everyone to know that she really has no anger toward the Finch family. She understands we could all become distracted, but hopefully, this will awaken all drivers to really focus on driving," he read.
A visitation for Harden was held Friday, Sept. 14 in Bloomington. The family of Harden said faith is guiding them through his sudden death.
"This was so tragic. It was like he was here yesterday and gone tomorrow, you know. It was really hard and I just asked God for him to give me peace and that's what he showered (my) whole family (with)," Jessica Ratts said.
Travis Ratts said Harden loved his family and his children.
"He was a great person and he was a man of God," Travis Ratts said.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said people need to keep their eyes on the road and pay attention when they are driving. ISP was not involved in this investigation, but spoke with Fox59 about the dangers of distracted driving.
"In this situation, it's not worth your life. Texting or calling or being distracted is not worth your life. It's not worth somebody else's life. We just want folks to pay attention," Sgt. Durnil said.
That is the same message Harden's family wants people to remember.
"I love Shane. I love him and he is amazing," Jessica Ratts said.
Finch has been charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, which is a class C felony, and reckless homicide, which is a class C felony.