New York Teen Charged in Fatal Golf Cart Crash
February 29th, 2012|
February 29, 2012
Just because you are not driving in an automobile does not mean you can’t be charged with drinking and driving related offenses. New york state law allows an offender to be cited with DUI and other charges for operating any type of vehicle–even a golf cart–while under the influence.
According to Buffalo News, an 18-year-old girl is being charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and driving while ability impaired by alcohol and drugs in a golf cart accident that left another teen dead.
The accident happened on November 27, 2011 along the northbound lanes of Route 237. The girl and her passenger were driving the golf cart along the road when a car driven by a 19-year-old female crested a hill the golf cart had just gone over. By the time the teen driver saw the golf cart, it was too late. She rear-ended the cart, ejecting the two passengers into the middle of the road.
The victims were taken to the University of Rochester Medical Center, where the passenger later died.
Upon further investigation, law enforcement determined that the golf cart driver had been drinking prior to the crash. She was initially charged with drunk driving, but officials announced an increase in the charges Tuesday.