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.