One doesn’t often consider golf carts when thinking of automotive fatalities. After all, they don’t seem to go that fast, and they aren’t that heavy. There have even been images posted on the web where a cart has rolled over on someone and, at worst, they escaped with a few bruises. Golf carts are generally considered about as dangerous as a Big Wheel.
That is until Jill Voyles.
Voyles, 47, of Hulett, Wyoming , was driving a golf cart down Tower View Road in Hullett, Wyoming, when she lost control and hit a tree head on. Her husband Ched was also in the cart with her and was ejected on impact. He is currently in the hospital and his condition is unknown.
Jill was trapped in the cart and had to be extricated. She was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.
What I find most telling is that she had to be extricated. Golf carts are open vehicles – there are no windows or doors to entomb the occupants. For her to have been stuck in the vehicle means it must have gotten pretty mangled on impact. She must have been going really fast.
Apparently they were traveling downhill and Jill either took the cart out of gear or it slipped out. If the hill was steep that could account for their speed, especially if the cart was out of gear.
It is not clear how or why the cart was out of gear and the accident is still under investigation.
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