GALVESTON, Texas Four people riding in a golf cart were killed including two juveniles when an allegedly intoxicated man driving an SUV ran an end sign at an intersection in Southeast Texas, police said.
Miguel Espinoza, 45, has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the crash about 11: 30 p.m. Saturday (12: 30 a.m. ET Sunday) in Galveston, roughly 50 miles southeast of Houston, police said.
Espinoza had been held in Galveston County jail Sunday on $400,000 bond, police said. Jail records didn’t list a lawyer for him.
Galveston police Sgt. Derek Gaspard said that following the SUV didn’t stop, it struck a pickup, which in turn crashed in to the golf cart that had six people aboard. He said that the golf cart and pickup were traveling in opposite directions through the intersection on a street that didn’t have an end sign.
Police said the adult driver of the golf cart was pronounced dead at the scene while a female and two juveniles on the golf cart were taken up to a hospital, where they died. Both other passengers a grown-up and a juvenile were hospitalized Sunday in critical condition, police said.
Espinoza, who lives in the Houston-area city of Rosenberg, and his passenger had minor injuries, police said. These were taken to a healthcare facility and later released.
The occupants of the pickup weren’t injured, Gaspard said. Names and ages of the dead werent immediately released.
Gaspard said he believes the golf cart, that was rented, was operating legally on the town street. He said members of two different families were riding on the golf cart during the crash.
Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said golf carts have grown to be a significant prolific mode of transportation for residents and people to the island resort area, that is on the Gulf coast of florida.
Brown said that the town has previously set up ordinances targeted at make operating them safer, and you will be considering additional ordinances at the next City Council meeting.
I was out yesterday evening, Brown said. The island was busy and there have been golf carts residential along with rental golf carts out around these streets.