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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  • by citizen on Sep 25, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    It is not the parks fault that people want to act like idiots. I agree they need to enforce a rule of no open containers while drinking. These people are adults driving these carts not children and should not have to be supervised like children. If you cannot act any better than that you just need to stay home. The park has better things to do than babysit a bunch of drunk morons.
  • by EX Employee on Sep 24, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    I agree with the below comment. I worked there for a few years as a life guard and that was about the most unorganized place. I am surprised there haven't been any major accident in the water park because when I worked there the lifeguards were very irresponsible and many of them were careless. One of them never provided Dallas with any documentation that she was actually a lifeguard. on rainy days they would have one 3 lifeguards running the whole park, and on busy days you couldn't even see the bottom of the pool because it would get so dirty, and nothing was done about it! Lastly if you are there and you hear or see lightening or thunder get out of the pool because the lifeguard have to get an ok form Dalles before they can shut down the pool, and there will be lightening right over the pool before he will say shut it down!!
  • by Applevision on Sep 23, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Things like this will adventually shut that park down, they allow a lot of wreckless behavior there, and turn their heads to people with open containers that are operating. Golf carts and other motorised devices, although they do check all the drivers that go on the drag strip, if this don't shut them down with law suits, I figure the price of trying to insure the place will, I do wish they would move the place it is in a bad location, and for the troubles it causes, I don't see it is worth having.
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