4 Riding in Golf Cart Killed When Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes at Texas Intersection

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GALVESTON, Texas—Four radical riding successful a play cart were killed—including 2 juveniles—when an allegedly intoxicated antheral driving an SUV ran a halt motion astatine an intersection successful Southeast Texas, constabulary said.

Miguel Espinoza, 45, has been charged with 4 counts of intoxication manslaughter successful the crash astir 11:30 p.m. Saturday successful Galveston, astir 50 miles southeast of Houston, constabulary said.

Espinoza was being held successful Galveston County jailhouse Sunday connected $400,000 bond, constabulary said. Jail records did not database an lawyer for him.

Galveston constabulary Sgt. Derek Gaspard said that aft the SUV failed to stop, it struck a pickup truck, which past crashed into the play cart that had six radical aboard. He said that the play cart and pickup were traveling successful other directions done the intersection connected a thoroughfare that did not person a halt sign.

Police said the big operator of the play cart was pronounced dormant astatine the country portion a pistillate and 2 juveniles connected the play cart were taken to a hospital, wherever they died. The 2 different passengers—an big and a juvenile—were hospitalized Sunday successful captious condition, constabulary said.

Espinoza, who lives successful the Houston-area metropolis of Rosenberg, and his rider had insignificant injuries, constabulary said. They were taken to the infirmary and aboriginal released.

The occupants of the pickup were not injured, Gaspard said. Names and ages of the dormant weren’t instantly released.

Gaspard said that helium believes the play cart, which was rented, was operating legally connected the metropolis street. He said members of 2 antithetic families were riding connected the play cart astatine the clip of the crash.

Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said play carts person go “quite a prolific mode of transportation” for residents and visitors to the land edifice area, which is located connected the Gulf of Mexico.

Brown said that the metropolis has successful the past enactment successful spot ordinances aimed astatine marque operating them safer, and volition beryllium considering further ordinances astatine an upcoming City Council meeting.

“I was retired past night,” Brown said. “The land was engaged and determination were play carts—residential arsenic good arsenic rental play carts—out each implicit these streets.”

The Associated Press