Pinal County teen killed in golf cart rollover
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A Pinal County teen is dead following a golf cart rollover, Saturday.
According to Sheriff's deputies, the bizarre accident happened around 11:30 p.m. in San Tan Valley. Deputies say nine teens were inside the golf cart at the time of the crash, killing 16-year-old Julieann Arancel.
According to deputies, Arancel was standing near the driver when they tried making a right turn onto West Morgan Lane from North Mountain Vista.
The 16-year-old fell out of the cart, hitting her head on the asphalt before the cart fell on top of her. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Officials say the teens were driving back from a nearby Sonic at the time of the crash.
Golf carts are not just common on the course, more people are buying carts for personal use, commuting around their communities.
"I mean, 13-miles an hour, you can still die from that definitely," The Westin La Paloma employee, Jake O'Rourke told 9OYS.
Officials with Pinal County Vehicular Crimes Unite say an inexperienced driver combined with an overloaded vehicle caused the crash. The use of drugs and alcohol have been ruled out.
"A lot of communities, kids have them and they're driving them. They're underage so they don't have the skills that they need in order to drive them," avid golfer David Frankle said.
"My buddy has actually flipped one. He was going down a hill, going too fast and taking a turn too quick," another golfer added.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu released a statement in regards to the crash saying, "All of these young men and women who decided to take a joyride last night in this golf cart have changed their lives forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Julieann Arancel."
Sheriff's deputies say the case will be submitted to the Pinal County Attorney's Office for review. The golf cart driver could face charges.