man died Sept. 15 after he deliberately swerved his SUV into the
path of a tractor-trailer in a small town near Orlando, FL, The
Associated Press reported.
AP said Bryan Christopher Randall tried to drown his two youngest
children earlier in the day, and then tried to kill his two oldest
children while committing suicide Monday.
child died, but three survived.
picked up all four children Friday night, Sept. 12, for his court-ordered
visitation and was scheduled to return the children to his estranged
wife, Lisa, Sunday night, according to investigators’ statements
to local news agencies.
say Randall threw his 2-year-old daughter, Yanna, and 4-year-old
son, Regal, into a pond near an office park in Maitland, FL, Sunday
a fisherman found the children floating in the pond, their identities
were unknown. Yanna was dead, but Regal survived and was listed
in stable condition Monday at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Authorities
learned the children’s identities early Monday morning when Lisa
Randall reported to police that her estranged husband had not returned
the children from their visit.
discovering the identities of the two children found in the pond,
authorities issued an Amber Alert for the two older children and
Bryan Randall. News reports say it was about 90 minutes later when
Randall crashed his SUV into the tractor-trailer along Interstate
4 in Lake Mary, FL.
two children in the SUV, Bryan II, 8, Julian, 6, survived the wreck.
Bryan was in critical condition Monday evening, while Julian was
listed in stable condition.
reports did not identify the truckdriver, but did say the trucker
was hauling cars and was not injured.
suicide note was found in the wreckage of his sports utility vehicle.
In the letter, Randall wrote he had “made too many mistakes” and
could not find a job so he could gain custody of his children in
his pending divorce. Addressing the letter to “dearest family and
friends,” Randall said he could not bear to allow his wife to raise
their children and asked to be cremated with his children.
37, was a star basketball player for Dartmouth College in Hanover,
NH, in 1988.
René Tankersley, feature editor
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