Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Friends Remember Ky. Accident Victim ; Welder Had Goals, Friends, and 'Always Kind of Had a Smile'

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Friends Remember Ky. Accident Victim ; Welder Had Goals, Friends, and 'Always Kind of Had a Smile'

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Bradley Austyn Randall had good news to share with his welding instructor earlier this week. The Henderson County High School senior had learned he had been accepted into a nearby technical college. "BAR," as he was called by his fellow students and his welding instructor Donald Horvath, was excited about the future.

"I remember talking and him hugging me and saying thanks," Horvath said. "I told him don't thank me, thank yourself because you're the one who did it."

But Randall won't get a chance to attend college. The 18-year- old was struck by a car as he was crossing Garden Mile Road on his way to class on Thursday. He died Friday morning at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

The incident remains under investigation by the Henderson Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office.

"Our students are like are sons and daughters," Horvath said. "I feel like I lost a son, and you can't just bring him back."

Horvath had taught Randall since Randall was a sophomore. He recalled him as a compassionate young man who smiled even when he was upset and always tried to do better.

Family friend Lisa Payne described Randall as "a goofball with a heart of gold, too."

Her daughter, Henderson Community College freshman Brenda Payne, had dated Randall and remained friends with him after their breakup.

Randall wanted to be a Ford technician. He had a blue-andwhite Ford emblem tattooed on his arm along with another tattoo honoring his mother.

"He was very close to his mom," Lisa Payne said.

At Rural King on Friday afternoon, jars were placed at the service desk to collect donations for Randall's family. Randall had worked at the store for several months, first as a cashier and more recently as a load-out.

"He was always happy," said assistant manager Kellie Mayes. "He was a really, really good kid, a well-liked kid. …

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