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Family mourns Coats man killed in wreck

Posted December 12, 2010
Updated December 13, 2010

— Gene Mullins is living "a parent's worst nightmare," as he mourns the loss of his 20-year-old son Randy, who died in a car wreck Saturday night.

"You couldn't have asked for a better son," Mullins said.

Mullins said his son was driving a friend's car when he lost control and crashed into a tree around 10 p.m. Dunn police responded to the scene, on Meadowlark Road near Dunn Middle School, where they found Randy Mullins dead.

His three passengers – Nick Smith, Kaitlyn Ward and Jenna Cass – were also injured. Cass was listed in serious condition, while Smith and Ward were in good condition Monday morning at UNC Hospitals.

Mullins said his son graduated last year from Triton High School in Erwin and planned to become a motorcycle mechanic. He struggled to hold back tears as family and friends gathered at the Mullins' home in Coats Sunday.

"Nobody can get prepared for something like this," Mullins said. "You always hear, 'Oh, it will never happen to us.'"

Dunn police said they are still investigating the cause of the wreck and ask anyone with information to come forward.


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  • bjm011366 Dec 13, 2010

    I remembered this family in my prayers last evening and I will continue to.... I know exactly how they feel as my family lost a family member to an accident on June 28, 2010.. My sister's husband died after another driver pulled out in front of him.. Losing someone so suddenly is paralyzing to a family.. My heart breaks for this family....

  • Twittyfan Dec 13, 2010

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families. My heart breaks for this family because no parent wants to bury their children..

  • ifgraceisanocean Dec 13, 2010

    I live in Lillington, and this seems to be an epidemic here and in surrounding areas. There have been so many young adults to pass away in the past 3 months, I've lost count. This should be a lesson: you are not invincible! Slow down and don't grow up so fast. If it's not drugs, it's car crashes. Sigh

  • pebbles262004 Dec 13, 2010

    Sorry for their loss.....

  • xxxuhhmazinglovexxx Dec 13, 2010

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It is tough to see young people die, but some things you just can prepare for. Hence accidents....

  • LocalYokel Dec 13, 2010

    Its tough to see young people die. Parents please take note of this situation and realize you have some control. If you don't want to suffer the nightmare the Mullens are going through right now, teach your children the virtues of responsible driving. Teach them by being a good driver yourself, monitor their behavior, and make sure they are educated on driver safety.

  • wjfairbanks5 Dec 13, 2010

    My prayers go out to this family. As a parent of a teenage son and young adult daughters, my heart always aches whenever I hear of a family losing a child. May God help you through this terrible time.

  • charmed Dec 13, 2010

    So Sad. Losing a child has to be the hardest loss to deal with. To many teenagers are dying in car accidents. I cringe everytime my two go out. Sometimes I wish I could keep them at home forever. thoughts and prayers with the family.