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May 16, 2014

Leniency handed down in fatal hit-and-run crash

A man charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident last year was spared jail time Friday in Howard Superior Court 4.

The Sept. 12 crash at the intersection of Center Road and Highland Springs Drive claimed the life of 13-year-old Christian Reede and seriously injured Donte Brown, also 13. The two were riding a mo-ped, when they were struck by a truck driven by 59-year-old Randall Rector.

Rector pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, a Class C felony, and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, a Class D felony, as part of a plea agreement in the case. A charge of reckless homicide filed in the case was dismissed as the plea, which the victims families agreed to.

Judge George Hopkins sentenced to Rector to four years on the C felony and three years on the D felony to run concurrent. Instead of sending Rector to prison, Hopkins suspended all but one year of the sentence and ordered Rector to serve the year on in-home detention followed by three years of supervised probation. Rector did not have a criminal history and apologized to the families for his actions.

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