The mother of a 13-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run crash last year forgave the man responsible and wished him well during his sentencing 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.
“I know what occurred was an accident,” Renae Reede, Christian Reede’s mother, said on the stand.
“I know in my heart he didn’t see the mo-ped and he did not intentionally hit them. I forgive you for not stopping,” she continued. “I know you must have been scared and afraid.”
When asked by McCann what sentence Rector should receive, Renae declined to make a recommendation.
“This situation is bigger than me,” she told the judge. “It’s in the hands of the judicial system and God. My wish is this will draw you closer to God.”
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.
After hearing from Rector and Reede’s mother, Judge George Hopkins sentenced Rector to four years on the C felony and three years on the D felony to run concurrently. 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.
Prior to sentencing, Rector, with his family and friends seated in the gallery, tearfully apologized to the families of Reede and Brown.