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Randall and 9-year-old Donovan Best were ejected. (Image courtesy WSP/Trooper Guy Gill)

Suspect in DUI death of nephew, 9, released from hospital

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The man suspected of killing his young nephew in a car crash early Sunday morning has been released from the hospital and booked into jail, according to a state patrol spokesperson.

Jayce L. Randall, 26, will be charged with vehicular homicide.

Randall was driving his niece and nephew to their grandparents house after a family barbeque when he rolled his vehicle on State Route 16 around 1:30 a.m.

Randall and his nephew, 9-year-old Donovan Best, were ejected from the vehicle. While Randall suffered a broken pelvis, Best suffered critical injuries and was taken off life support late Sunday night after a test showed no brain activity.

"He was an exceptional kid; very smart, very talented. He had a lot of potential," said his great uncle, Dale Lewandowski. "It's very said that it was all taken away."

Lewandowski said Randall drank at the family gathering, but no one knew how much. Troopers said his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit and that he was also high on marijuana at the time of the crash.

"He had a few drinks; obviously a few too many," Lewandowski said. "My guess would be he didn't realize the extent of his intoxication and nobody else did either. He's a good kid. He doesn't have a police record."

Prior to his release, Randall had been placed on suicide watch at Tacoma General Hospital.

"He just made a bad decision," Lewandowski said. "People do that and unfortunately his nephew had to pay for it."


Brandi Kruse, KIRO Radio Reporter
Brandi Kruse is a reporter for KIRO Radio who is as spontaneous and adventurous in her free time as she is on the job. Brandi arrived at KIRO Radio in March 2011 and has already collected three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting.
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