Couple's Vacation Golf Cart Ride Turns Tragic

Man killed, wife charged in his death
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2016 12:58 PM CDT
Couple's Vacation Golf Cart Ride Turns Tragic
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Timothy and Lori Doyle of Illinois were visiting family in Gallatin, Tenn., when a night out at a golf community along a lake turned tragic Saturday. Timothy, 60, was standing up riding on the back of a golf cart while his wife, 55, drove them and another couple to the club house to get food. She turned too fast and both men were thrown from the cart; Timothy hit his head on the pavement and died at a hospital Monday—and Lori was charged with vehicular assault, DUI, and more, the Tennessean reports. Police say that when they arrived at the scene, Lori's eyes were bloodshot and they could smell alcohol on her breath; they also saw three open beer cans in the golf cart and one on its roof.

Lori allegedly told police the group had been downtown, had each had about 10 beers, and had hired an Uber to get back home. Once in the golf cart, "Lori began to turn left at the intersection at which time (he) told her to turn right. Lori turned right at the intersection in an abrupt movement, causing Timothy and (him) to be thrown from the rear of the golf cart," an affidavit states, per the Gallatin News. Police say she would not give a blood sample or do a field sobriety test, so a search warrant was executed for a blood draw at a local medical center. The other man suffered only scrapes and abrasions on his arms. (Read more accidental death stories.)

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