Teen Dies After Falling Off Golf Cart Operated By Drunk Driver

On Monday, North Carolina police charged a man for last week’s drunk-driving golf cart accident that killed a passenger.

Gaston Gazette reported that Derek Helms, 19, was drunk when he was driving a golf cart that Gabby Carrigan, 18, fell off of on September 5, leading to her death the following day. Gaston County police who responded to reports of a crash at Briarwood Court near Mount Holly found Carrigan unresponsive and not breathing.

“It was reported several people were drinking and riding a golf cart in the area when someone fell off,” police wrote, per the News & Observer.

Helms is charged with DWI, involuntary manslaughter, felony serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving. He remains jailed on a $300,000 bond.

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[Featured image: Derek Helms/Gastonia Police Department; Gabby Carrigan/Woodlawn Funeral Home]