A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered Thursday on behalf of the man charged in a Sept. 12 fatal hit-and-run crash.
Randall Rector, 58, appeared in Howard Superior Court 4 via teleconferencing from the Howard County jail courtroom and requested a public defender.
Judge George Hopkins read the charges and possible penalties to Rector before asking him whether he could afford an attorney.
Rector said he has been living check to check and doesn’t have the money to bond out of jail, let alone afford an attorney.
Hopkins said he would appoint a public defender and set a pretrial conference hearing for Nov. 22 and a jury trial date of Dec. 17.
Rector faces Class C felony reckless homicide, C felony leaving the scene of an accident causing death and D felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury as a result of the crash at Center Road and Highland Springs Drive.
According to police, Rector failed to stop after hitting a moped driven by Christian Reede, 13. Reede was initially airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, where he later died. A passenger on the moped, Donte Brown, also 13, suffered serious injuries to his leg and is recovering.
Police reports show the moped was traveling east on Center Road and was hit by Rector’s truck at the intersection with Highland Springs Drive.
Police learned of Rector’s identity after police say he tried to commit suicide. Officers then searched his home on Highland Springs Drive and discovered Rector’s damaged truck.
Rector remains jailed on a $15,000 bail. If convicted of a C felony, Rector could face a maximum of eight years in prison. The D felony carries up to a year in jail.