Passenger in deadly Christmas Eve crash faces charges

  • Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 1:28 p.m.

The passenger in a fatal Christmas Eve collision that resulted from a chase following a shoplifting incident is facing charges of shoplifting and assault and battery, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Officers will obtain arrest warrants for third-degree assault and battery and shoplifting, third, for Tiffany Grimes. Grimes was a passenger in a silver Pontiac sedan that led officers on a chase from Walmart on Whiskey Road until the sedan collided with two other vehicles in front of Kennedy Middle School on East Pine Log Road on Christmas Eve.

The driver, 31-year-old Lucinda Randolph of Aldrich Street, died that afternoon from injuries suffered in the collision.

Randolph and Grimes tried to take several items from the Walmart on Whiskey Road without paying. The two women got into the silver Pontiac while trying to flee a loss prevention officer from the store.

As the suspects were leaving the scene, Grimes grabbed the loss prevention officer from inside the vehicle and would not let go as they were trying to drive off, according to the incident report. He was able to break free of her grasp, but as he was moving away, Randolph tried to strike him with the vehicle. He suffered minor injuries.

Randolph's vehicle sideswiped a vehicle on East Pine Log Road before striking another head-on, police said. She and Grimes, as well as the drivers of the other two vehicles, were transported by EMS.

Grimes' medical condition was not known this afternoon. It also wasn't clear if she's been served with the warrants.

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