Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 6, 2013

Trial continued in fatal hit-and-run crash

Randall Rector is now set to stand trial Feb. 11.

By Mike Fletcher
Kokomo Tribune

---- — A Dec. 17 jury trial set in the Sept. 12 hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a teenage boy has been continued until February.

Randall Rector, 58, faces a Class C felony reckless homicide charge, a Class C felony leaving the scene of an accident causing death and Class D felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury in the case.

According to police, Rector failed to stop after hitting a mo-ped driven by Christian Reede, 13. Reede was initially airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, where he later died. A passenger on the mo-ped, Donte Brown, also 13, suffered serious injuries to his leg and is recovering.

Police reports show the mo-ped was traveling east on Center Road and was hit by Rector’s truck at the intersection with Highland Springs Drive.

Randall Rector’s new court dates include a Jan. 17 pre-trial hearing and a Feb. 11 trial in Howard Superior Court 4.

Rector was released from jail Nov. 26 after posting $1,500, 10 percent of the $15,000 bond.

Police learned of Rector’s identity a week and half after the crash when police say Rector tried to commit suicide at his home. Officers then searched his home on Highland Springs Drive and discovered Rector’s damaged truck. Rector also admitted to hitting the moped in a letter police found in his home.

If convicted of a Class C felony, Rector could face a maximum of eight years in prison. The Class D felony carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.

Mike Fletcher, crime and court reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8565, mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com.