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September 24, 2013

Man charged in hit-and-run homicide

Called on a possible suicide, police find evidence

The man Kokomo Police say killed a 13-year-old boy in a hit-and-run crash is facing three felony charges.

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann charged Randall K. Rector, 58, 4043 Highland Springs Drive, with reckless homicide and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident after police found the vehicle they say was involved in the Sept. 12 incident.

Police said Rector confessed to driving the vehicle which struck Christian Reede and Donte Brown, also 13, as the two boys were riding together on a moped headed east on Center Road.

According to charging information filed in Howard Superior Court II Monday, police were called to Rector’s house in the Highland Springs subdivision on a possible attempted suicide Saturday.

On arrival, they found Rector unconscious, and in the course of trying to identify him, found a letter addressed to police.

In the letter, Rector admitted to being the driver of the vehicle that struck the moped and said he had vision problems, police said.

Police then obtained a search warrant and found a gray 2006 Ford Escape with front-end body damage and what appeared to be dried blood on the right side front bumper.

The model of the vehicle was consistent with cross-matching information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on vehicle parts found at the scene of the crash, police said.

Investigators said they also found three additional letters, all indicating Rector was the individual who struck the moped.

Reede died of his injuries the day after the accident; Brown suffered a broken femur.

As of 2:30 p.m., Rector hadn’t been booked into the Howard County Jail, and police weren’t immediately available to discuss his status.

Rector is facing a Class C felony charge of reckless homicide, a Class C felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and a Class D felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury. A Class C felony carries a penalty of two to eight years in prison; a Class D felony carries a penalty of six months to two years.

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