San Tan Valley teen killed in golf cart crash

2013-08-11T13:28:00Z 2013-08-11T17:29:47Z San Tan Valley teen killed in golf cart crashVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 11, 2013 1:28 pm  • 

A 16-year-old girl died Sunday morning after being involved in a golf cart crash in San Tan Valley.

Julieann Arancel, was one of nine teens riding in a modified, lifted golf cart that rolled over Saturday night after the driver tried to make a right turn onto West Morgan Lane from North Mountain Vista, Tim Gaffney, a spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Arancel was standing near the driver in the golf cart and when the cart rolled over she fell, hit her head and the vehicle landed on top of her, the release said.

She was taken to Banner Ironwood Medical Center where she died early Sunday morning.

One of the teens took the golf cart without permission because her father was out of town and the group rode in the vehicle to a nearby sonic, the release said.

They were headed back to a home when the crash happened.

Several other teens were running alongside the vehicle.

Authorities determined that alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, but that it was caused by an inexperienced driver and an overloaded vehicle, the release said.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office will determine if charges will be filed against the driver.

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