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1 killed, 1 injured in golf cart crash

Posted July 8, 2008

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— The highway patrol was investigating a wreck Monday night near Fuquay-Varina involving a golf cart. Troopers say the golf cart didn't have any lights on.

The wreck happened on 42 East near Fleming Road.

Mikkel McKinnie, 20, told authorities he didn't see the golf cart and ran into the back of it with his Buick.

The golf cart went down a ditch and overturned. Both the golf cart’s driver, Vann Goodwin, and the 10-year-old passenger, Joshua Mannard, were ejected.

Goodwin was transported to WakeMed where he later died. Mannard was expected to be OK.

McKinnie was charged with provisional DWI since he is under 21 and had alcohol in his system. He is not expected to face any charges in relation to the wreck.

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  • MisunderstoodMind Jul 14, 2008

    Regardless, the driver was drunk and killed someone as a result. Provisional or not, he shouldn't have been on the road. This being so, he should be charged with felony death by motor vehicle. Both Justin Crouse and Brian Anthony Reid have been charged. What makes Mikkel McKinnie exempt from the law? Does it really matter the victim was driving a golf cart? Mr. McKinnie SHOULDN'T have been on the road, PERIOD!

  • we-r-just-human Jul 9, 2008

    ATV's and golf carts are not designed for road use...end of story.

  • 68_polara Jul 9, 2008

    Very well put rstan,

    "Bad things happen to good people. Sometimes good people ask, unknowingly at the time, for bad things to happen. If life only had a rewind button, I'd bet both would likely never do either again."

    Even good people can do dumb things then we have to live with the consequences the rest of our lives. It can happen to anyone anytime we're be hind the wheel. We could be one under inflated tire, one moment of inattentiveness, or anything away from causing an accident. Thanks rstan.

  • momXs2 Jul 8, 2008

    Vann was my second cousin. He died. The little boy is fine. Don't judge when you don't have the whole story.

  • djofraleigh Jul 8, 2008

    We don't know if the driver was inattentive or if alcohol had a thing to do with it, but we know the lights not being on the cart is a wrong, and the cart on the highway was wrong. Lots wrong with slow moving carts on the highway with fast moving heavy cars and drivers who shouldn't be drinking at all and driving.

  • Common Sense Man Jul 8, 2008

    "he still could have been driving on a provisional licence if he didn't get his licence at 16!"

    The point of my post was to point out that "provisional DWI" isn't an accurate description of the charge.

  • rstan Jul 8, 2008

    Bad things happen to good people. Sometimes good people ask, unknowingly at the time, for bad things to happen. Whether it is drinking and driving or driving a golf cart on the highway. If life only had a rewind button, I'd bet both would likely never do either again. I've been guilty myself of doing things that could have ended up bad, and sometimes they did.

    Prays for the both kids and families. I hope they are ok.

  • parr4246 Jul 8, 2008

    Cookie Me Elmo........."There is really no such thing as provisional DWI, I don't know why everyone continues to use the phrase. Provisional would mean under 18, which he wasn't. DWI would mean driving while impaired, which he wasn't. The correct wording of the charge is "driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs.""

    he still could have been driving on a provisional licence if he didn't get his licence at 16!

  • iron fist Jul 8, 2008

    Something wrong with a Buick? And it may be a surprise to all you "perfect" people but 20 year olds to drink. Not all but most. seankelly15 posted when they are licensed and when the owners pay road use taxes then they can use the roads. What about all the people who ride bikes on the roads. No difference.

  • RealityAddict Jul 8, 2008

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    Benson is 35 and 25 even down to 20 mph. I have seen golf carts pass "farmer" brown in his truck. Granted alot of places like Raleigh, Durham, etc could not handle the use of golf carts. However, Benson is not the city of Raleigh (Glad it is not). 99.9 percent of the vehicles coming off Interstate 95 go no further than the McDonalds. There are more to Benson besides McDonalds and BK.

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