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Aiken woman killed in crash while fleeing from authorities

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An Aiken woman suspected of shoplifting died Tues­day after she fled from police and caused a four-vehicle crash that sent three other people to the hospital.

Lucinda Randolph, 31, was killed in a collision on East Pine Log Road near Ken­nedy Middle School after driving away from Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road in an attempt to elude store security and Aiken De­partment of Public Safety
officers, according to Ai­ken County Cor­o­ner Tim Carlton.

Randolph was driving a 2004 Pontiac eastbound on East Pine Log Road at high speed when she abruptly turned left, cutting off a 1998 Chev­rolet in the left lane driven by Tiffany Hol­loway, 25, who was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t injured, said South Carolina
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres.

Randolph then drove into westbound traffic, striking head-on a Dodge pickup driven by 20-year-old Cisto Mincey and a 2010 Toyota driven by Willie Mae Hutto, 49, Beres said.

Mincey was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center and Hutto was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Both were wearing seat belts, Beres said.

A child passenger in Ran­dolph’s vehicle also was taken to Georgia Regents Med­ical Center.

The conditions of the three could not be determined immediately.

Randolph, who was not wearing her seat belt, died at about 1 p.m. at Aiken Re­gional Medical Centers, according to authorities. An autopsy is scheduled
for Thursday in Newberry, S.C.

The crash remains under investigation by the South Caro­lina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Coroner’s Of­fice.

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like-it-is
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like-it-is 12/25/13 - 12:19 am
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Crash!!

The only thing I could say when I saw this story on the news was, WOW. Hope the child in car and the others that was hurt in this awful crash a full recovery.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 12/25/13 - 12:44 am
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Maybe...

Maybe we should do away with these police chases altogether. It sure seems to me like they are endangering a lot of people just to recover some stolen Wal-Mart stuff.

dhpsmp
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dhpsmp 12/25/13 - 03:53 am
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Police Chase
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I doubt that the Police were trying to recover Walmart property , more like they were chasing a law breaker.

david jennings
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david jennings 12/25/13 - 04:33 am
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Yea sure

It' the police' fault, certainly not the lawless thoughtless indiividual that endangers a child and every other law abiding citizen on the road. Just make it legal to go into any store and get what you want because if anyone trys to stop you you will kill them. What a wonderful world.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/25/13 - 05:49 am
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Was it worth it?

So many terrible injuries and death for...a bunch of stuff from Walmart? Even if it had been Tiffany's, it was NOT worth it! There is a special place in hell reserved for this killer.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/25/13 - 07:20 am
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If someone is already

If someone is already breaking the law by shoplifting, they aren't going to care about traffic laws, either.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/25/13 - 08:15 am
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Sad!

She was wanted for more than just shoplifting when she attempted to run down the loss prevention officer who was trying to stop her. It became attemtped murder at that point.
The police were already swarming the area because the home invasion and shooting occurred across the street from that Walmart. The police are rarely in position chase down a shoplifting suspect normally.
My prayers are with all the others who may have been injured, and for the survivors of this lady's family for having to deal with this on Christmas!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/25/13 - 08:42 am
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What if this had been a

What if this had been a kidnapping? Oh sorry, police can't chase the car.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/25/13 - 10:12 am
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Why

don't we just do away with all our police officers, heck, they are just wrong if they do and wrong if they don't.

KSL
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KSL 12/25/13 - 10:20 am
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I would not call her a lady.

I would not call her a lady.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/25/13 - 10:25 am
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Mincey was taken to Georgia

Mincey was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center and Hutto was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Center. Did they check their insurance cards and Hutto had worse insurance?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/25/13 - 10:32 am
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GAD

Probably onsite assessment of severity of injury.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/25/13 - 10:41 am
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Chases

I've warmed to the idea of being more selective about chases and when it is a go/no-go. In cases like this, I would say no-go IF, and only if they had a tag number. Even with minor traffic infractions, if they can get close enough to catch the tag number, and it is local, let them go for the moment. The attempting to elude charges you sock them with later are far more serious and punitive than what you were chasing them for.

edit: And of course, in larger cities where you have aerial capability, just follow with the chopper. Keep ground units apprised, and hem them up when the opportunity presents.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/25/13 - 10:46 am
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David, nothing from Walmart,

David, nothing from Walmart, Windsor or any store is worth putting my life, the police officer's or anyone else's in danger with a high speed chase.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/25/13 - 10:50 am
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Why Chase?

I would never take up for a runner who endangers the public, but I've posted many times the danger of high speed chases with links to back up my statements. To sum up, the vast majority of runners are not committing serious felonies and there's almost a 50% chance the chase will end in an accident with injuries to the officer, public and runner. Some jurisdictions have a policy of no high speed chase unless there is good reason to believe a violent felony has taken place. Guess what...their incidents of people running from the law don't increase when such a policy is instituted. This Christmas Day there are three seriously injured people in this incident with only a dead woman to punish. Think about it and don't give me the knee jerk reaction.

david jennings
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david jennings 12/25/13 - 11:09 am
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No material thing is worth a life

I do believe we must have law and order. Sadly there is a cost involved in maintaining it. I don't like chasing or lawlessness. I don't know the specifics of this particular incident, but we do know the offender was certainly wrong and sadly now dead. No joy in that. My prayer for all, victims, police anyone unfortunate to be involved.

LCC0256
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LCC0256 12/25/13 - 11:11 am
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as usual Riverman is EXACTLY RIGHT...

There are security cameras...all sorts of ways to catch bad actors stealing from the rest of us...no way in hell this was worth a chase. IT WAS THE THEIFS FAULT you poor simple minded posters...WE ARE NOT SAYING THEY ARE NOT AT FAULT...it is just that we have BRAINS...we can access danger levels to the immediate community when something like this happens. THE KNEE JERK RESPONSE OF ALWAYS CHASING IS AS WRONG AS THE SHOP LIFTING no question. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR WIFE OR CHILD TO BE HIT BY ONE OF THESE THIEFS TRYING TO GET AWAY AND KILLED ..? HOW WOULD YOU LIKE THAT? WOULD IT BE WORTH IT THEN?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 12/25/13 - 11:11 am
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I have sympathy for....

.....those injured.

But absolutely ZERO for the zero who made a conscious decision to steal,then run....

A classic example of "culling the herd"..

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 12/25/13 - 11:14 am
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I agree, as long as there's a
Unpublished

I agree, as long as there's a way to identify, why not NOT put innocent folks' lives in jeopardy? Even if guilty, the woman wouldn't have received a death sentence, and certainly those injured weren't responsible to go through their injuries to appease a few who say chase that danged crook down, or other senseless sarcastic remarks.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/25/13 - 11:27 am
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She DID commit a violent

She DID commit a violent felony, she nearly ran down the loss prevention officer in the parking lot. So all of your comments about how the police shouldn't have chased her are not relevant.

That's attempted murder. The police were justified in what they did. The ONLY person responsible for this was Lucinda Williams, who has been arrested several times before for shoplifting.

She put many people's lives in jeopardy that were in the Walmart parking lot, not to mention the people on the roadway. And if they had let her go, it would've just been a matter of time before she killed some innocent person.

KSL
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KSL 12/25/13 - 11:34 am
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Probably would not have

Probably would not have gotten any sentence. Too bad she harmed innocent people.

Pops
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Pops 12/25/13 - 11:46 am
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I guess this is where

the lawyers get with Lucinda's mother to help lecture everyone about proper police procedures.....oh....and while they are at it, they can seek monetary damages from the taxpayers for the wrongful death of her "baby"......it's not about the money, of course.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/25/13 - 12:06 pm
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She Did NOT Try to Run Down Officers

Corgimom: "She DID commit a violent felony, she nearly ran down the loss prevention officer in the parking lot. So all of your comments about how the police shouldn't have chased her are not relevant."

Actually, that's not said anywhere in the article. It says she eluded them in the parking lot. In addition, depending on the dollar amount of the theft, it may have been a misdemeanor and she would have only received a fine. Certainly not worth three people being seriously injured and the stupid woman killed.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/25/13 - 12:18 pm
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Ms. Randolph
Unpublished

acted as her own judge and jury and sentenced herself to death. What a shame! Hope the child and others are going to be okay.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/25/13 - 12:20 pm
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If the security officer was

If the security officer was nearly hit, surely he could have gotten a tag number? I am fully on board with the notion she died at her own stupid hand, which causes me no pain whatsoever; but the damage to the others **may not have happened if there was a more sensible chase policy.

** she might have done exactly the same thing whether or not the police were behind her. Recall the thief woman who ran from Walmart in Evans several years back. Though a deputy had turned around to give chase, she was already running at high speed when he spotted her; and was not near when she crashed at the Bobby Jones/Old Evans intersection, causing fatalities.

rcpasc48
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rcpasc48 12/25/13 - 01:12 pm
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Woulda, coulda, shoulda! The

Woulda, coulda, shoulda! The fact remains she started it then became a danger to others. The authorities are in a damned if they do and a damned if they don't situation. Had they not pursued the idiot and she killed someone the authorities would have been castigated.
I'm looking for the day police have a mandatory device that will turn the engine off simply after looking up the tag number of the suspect vehicle.
They have that capability with an OnStar vehicle.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/25/13 - 01:13 pm
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Sad!

This story does not tell about the loss prevention officer having to jump out of the way to avoid being rundown by the shoplifter, but all the other medias report that.
Also, if you are familiar with the location of the crash and Walmart where this all started I doubt that the entire episode lasted more than a couple of minutes, if even that much. Aiken City does have a policy regarding chases, but this event was just getting started when the crash occurred from knowing the geography of the area.

LCC0256
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LCC0256 12/25/13 - 01:38 pm
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inability to think on a critical level...

Over their heads Riverman...Same sort of thing occurred in Waco years ago...they could have gotten that deranged man ANY TIME they wanted if they would have been smart (and not wanting to exert that machismo that is SO PREVALENT in TODAY'S LE community)...he was in town on a regular basis...
Here some ignorant thief had stolen...enough SECURITY eye witnesses coupled with some good detective work could very well have led to an arrest. if someone is stupid enough to steal...they are stupid enough to escalate the bad act AND ENDANGER THE LIVES OF INNOCENTS..duh freaking duh...When the case is shop lifting NO WAY NO HOW SHOULD A CHASE ENSUE...and i dont give a damn if she "almost ran down the loss prevention officer" or not. THAT IS JUST ANOTHER CHARGE TO PUT HER AWAY WHEN SHE IS CAUGHT...you people who advocate THESE TYPES of chases scare me as much as the people who put the marxist thug in the white house....

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 12/25/13 - 02:57 pm
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Sad. Was it called for?

Sad. Was it called for?

specsta
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specsta 12/25/13 - 03:38 pm
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Violent Driver Felons Everywhere

corgimom wrote - "She DID commit a violent felony, she nearly ran down the loss prevention officer in the parking lot. So all of your comments about how the police shouldn't have chased her are not relevant."

Wow, I guess there a lot of felons driving around because I have almost been run down several times in Walmart and other parking lots by drivers who think that a parking lot is a roadway. And yes, I have had to jump out of the way to avoid getting run down.

I don't recall any police chases for those incidents, even when police have been in the same parking lot.

The end result of this police chase for shoplifting was not worth the endangerment of other innocent people. This was the wrong call by the police.

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