Missing North Carolina Woman Is Killed In Kentucky Crash

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Rescue squad member Ralph Mullins says she was on the wrong side of the road from Virginia all the way to the crash site in Pike County. He says she wouldn't stop.

Now people are looking for answers to why.

Authorities say it's a mystery how 61 year old Betty Joe Randolph ended up here in Pike County - 300 miles from her home in North Carolina.

Police say she was driving on the wrong side of the road on US-23.

Ralph Mullins saw her, and tried to stop her in his rescue truck.

“She slowed down at one time. She never came to a complete stop, just slowed down, and then pulled back out and stayed in the wrong lane,” Mullins said.

He estimates she was driving 65 miles an hour.

“When we would meet cars, and we met a bunch of cars, she would actually hit her brake and swerve to miss them, and then pull right back out,” Mullin said.

Her ride ended about 15 miles later when Mullins says she hit a car head on. She was dead at the scene.

No one knows how she got to this point.

Lincoln County, North Carolina Deputies say her family told them she was going to the grocery store at one o'clock and never came home.

Kentucky State Police say she had no drugs or alcohol.

North Carolina authorities don't know if she had any medical conditions.

Investigators say she has no known connections to Eastern Kentucky.

“She had left for the store early afternoon and then later that night she turned up here in Kentucky. We don't have any other information at this time,” Trooper Scott Hopkins said.

Investigators say we may never know why she was here.

The two people in the other car were airlifted to West Virginia and Tennessee hospitals with injuries.

Despite Randolph's death, Kentucky State Police are still investigating what she was doing here.

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  • by freida - daughter Location: LINCOLNTON, NC on Mar 3, 2008 at 11:45 AM
  • by Anonymous Location: friend from nc on Feb 29, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    as to the one that heard the 911 call you said that was 3 miles before the wreck that he called it in what happen to the other 13 miles he followed her before that he followed her for ten min before he called 911 please clear that up for me
  • by johnny Location: nc friend of family on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    i listen to the news cast if she almost came to a stop at one point why did'nt he get in front of her at that time he had that big truck with red flashing lights on it the other cars comming could have stopped i feel he did not want to dent his pretty little truck it seems to me he had plenty of times to get her to come to a stop she could have thought he was chasing her if he followed her that long both being on the wrong side of the road it just don't add up
  • by Family Member on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    OK Shelby Creek Rescue Squad Member What was going on that the police were called way before you guys knew she was on the wrong side of the road. He did say he followed her for about 15 miles not 3. I bet if it was a murderer or bank robber the police would have been there in no time and got the person to stop and live. come on I feel like something is just noy right here.And by the way my dad was a volunteer at our local rescue squad for 17 years, I grew up in our rescue squad,and I know from experiance that some members would do anything and everything know matter what to save a life. and no I havent walked in ralphs shoes,i just feel like things just dont add up.
  • by Anonymous Location: pikeville on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    i listened to the 911 radio that night and mr. mullins was very upset and begging for help. he followed her for about THREE MILES before the accident occured. listen to the 911 tape.
  • by Belva Location: Shelby Creek Rescue Squad on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    Ok, I would like to express my sympathy to this family for their loss. But I would also like to say that my department went beyond their duty to try to prevent this from happening. Our Chief didn't have to follow her and try to stop her to get her on the right side of the road. He also didn't have to radio in to Post and ask for assistance, but he did. And until you have walked a mile in our shoes, don't try to judge the volunteers for your community. And window tint has nothing to do with operating our equipment or our vehicles.
  • by Shelby Creek Rescue Squad Member Location: Dorton, Ky on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    First off I'd like to say I'm sorry to the family. Second, window tint has nothing what so ever to do with this accident. Third, my department did everything in it's power to save this woman's life AND stop this freak accident from happening. The police was called long before we even knew she was on the wrong side of the road.
  • by Donna Handshoe Location: Dorton on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    I feel very sorry for this family but i know deep in my heart that Ralph Mullins done everything he could do without in dangering his life. If he had in gotten in the accident himself then it would have took that much longer for help to arrive. The rule in E.M.S. is that you take care of self first cause if something happens to you than who is going to be able to take care of the patient. I was on scene with Mr. Mullins and the man was tore up badly even crying. The rescue squad vehicle does have tint on the windows but we work very hard to make our trucks look good and the tint on that truck looks awesome. Tint has nothing to do with what is in the truck and the equipment and how it is used. It takes a very good person with a big heart to be able to get out here and VOLUNTEER thier time, not everyone can do this job. Keep up the good work.
  • by nella Location: dorton on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I feel Ralph Mullins done all he could have done at the time. He informed the police, and he is not trained to do a pit manuver he is a rescue worker and there for could not do anything but follow, hope, and pray that she would stop.Rescue workers do thier very best to save lifes, but there are times such as these that all they can do is watch helplessly.
  • by Shelby Creek Rescue Squad Member Location: Dorton, Ky on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    Our Chief done everything in his power to prevent this, even calling for the Kentucky State Police which was en route to us. And what does window tint have to do with anything??? I'm sorry for this family's loss but we done everything we could.
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