Two People Die in Golf Cart Accidents at Beech Bend

In the last 48 hours there have been two separate incidents involving golf carts that have resulted in the deaths of two people.

Edie Phillips of Tennessee died Tuesday night and Henry Messer of Indiana died late last evening.

Beech Bend Park Owner Dallas Jones says the park has signs posted warning people about driving safely.

"Well, we've got signs posted to be careful and drive at your own risk and this type thing and that's about all you can do is put signs up and warn people," He said.

Kentucky State Police is investigating the two accidents.

Right know they are being ruled just that, accidents, but they are checking to see if alcohol was a factor.

"As of right now I don't exactly know who was drinking, whether it was the driver or the passenger, but I understand that alcohol did play a part in these separate events," Trooper Charles Swiney said.

He also said that just because it wasn't a car, this is more proof drinking and driving don't mix.

"If you wouldn't drink or drive in your vehicle or a pick-up truck. Don't drink and drive on a golf cart because it may not be going twenty miles an hour but it's still a vehicle in motion an alcohol effects sometimes make you do things you wouldn't normally do," he said.

Jones said this isn't the first or even second time, but third, that something like this has happened.

He says people need to ride in golf carts the way they were made to be ridden.

"The big thing is, just don't stand on the back on them, they've got to sit down on a golf cart and used it the way it was designed to be used," he said.

Despite the two accidents the park still held their Harley Davidson drag race today and Jones expected a good turnout.

Both Jones and KSP say these are two tragic accidents and KSP wants to remind everyone to be safe when riding vehicles like golf carts.


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