Ruff Ryders raise funds for Kokomo teen injured in hit-and-run
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KOKOMO, Ind. - A Kokomo teen injured in a Sept. 12 hit-and-run has gotten help paying his medical bills from a local motorcycle club.
Donte Brown, 13, was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children with serious injuries after a moped he and friend, 13-year-old Christian Reede, were riding on was struck by a truck. Reede later died of his injuries.
When members of Kokomo's Ruff Ryders heard about the accident, they organized a sunset ride fundraiser to help the Browns defray some of their medical expenses.
"I felt something needed to be done for the family," said organizer Ralph Stroup.
Brown's family said it's still difficult for them to pass the intersection where he and Reede were struck.
"I'm trying to keep back the tears. I don't want to cry," said Missy Gibson, Brown's cousin-in-law. "I think about Christian every time I've got to pull out of my driveway. It's what I see every day."
Gibson lives in the same subdivision where police later found the SUV they say was involved in the accident, and its driver, Randall Rector.
Rector faces charges of reckless homicide.
“I’m glad we have a face to all this now," said Gibson. "It’s just kind of shocking that it was so close to my house."
Donte Brown’s family has set up a fund to help pay for his medical expenses at Financial Builders, 2828 Lafountain St. in Kokomo. Brown is expected to need six to eight months of therapy.
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