Grandfather, grandkids among 4 dead in Texas golf cart crash

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The four people killed in a weekend golf cart collision in Texas were a grandfather, two of his grandchildren and a niece who were visiting Galveston for a quick vacation before school began, police said.

The crash happened Saturday after a driver accused of being intoxicated ran a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck, which then hit the golf cart that was carrying six people. Police on Monday identified the four killed as Felipe Bentancur, 49; his niece, Destiny Uvalle, 25; and two grandchildren, Kaisyn Bentancur, 4; and Brailyn Cantu, 14.

All four were from Rosenberg, a Texas city about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Houston, police said.

Two others on the golf cart were critically injured, authorities said.

The driver of the SUV, Miguel Espinoza, 45, has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter. He remained jailed Tuesday on $400,000 bond, and it wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Golf carts are a popular way to get around the island resort area, which is on the Gulf of Mexico. Police have said they believe the golf cart was operating legally at the time of the collision.

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Even though the golf cart was operating legally, it is unwise to mix golfcart traffic with automobile traffic. Whatever the cause, accidents do happen, and a golfcart has NO chance against normal size vehicle, because it's smaller, slower and much more fragile. I've seen a lot of these accidents locally, and usually resulting in deaths.


When I worked for highway safety, we all knew it was only a matter of time before these golf carts on public streets were going to be a problem and here it is.


I feel for the family, this was a terrible accident. The parents lost their four children and their father. You’re in my heart and prayers.🙏🙏🙏🙏


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