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Woman killed when golf cart hits cable near Spring Lake

Posted June 22, 2012

— A woman was killed late Thursday after being knocked from a golf cart by a security cable across a rural path near Spring Lake, Harnett County authorities said.

Katie E. Sessoms, 20, of Sierra Trail in Spring Lake, was riding with Joseph Johnson, 19, shortly after 9 p.m. when the cart hit a quarter-inch-diameter steel cable stretched across a sandy path amid a stand of pine trees and a tobacco field, authorities said.

Harnett fatal golf cart crash Security cable kills woman in late-night golf cart ride

The cable snapped, hitting Sessoms in the neck and tearing the top off the golf cart, authorities said.

Sessions was pronounced dead at the scene, and Johnson managed to drive the cart home to call for help.

Johnny Johnson said his son showed up at the house on Critter Creek Lane in Linden with a gash in his head and his mouth bleeding. The boy was so disoriented, Johnny Johnson said, that he had to go into the woods and search for half an hour before finding Sessoms.

"She had a lot going for her. She had very far to go in life," Ginger Sessoms said of her daughter.

The 2010 Overhills High School graduate had recently started dating Joseph Johnson, but the real love of her life was a 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup that she was restoring, according to her mother.

"She loved her truck. She bought it herself," Ginger Sessoms said. "It has a name: Fancy."

Katie Sessoms also liked art, country music and fishing, her mother said.

Joseph Johnson was taken to Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dunn and was later transferred to WakeMed, where he was in good condition Friday.

A neighbor said the cable, which is intended to keep trespassers out, has been across the path for more than a decade.

No charges have been filed, but the incident remains under investigation.


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  • lisa4 Jun 27, 2012

    WELL SAID laurensaikkonen!!!!! My heart breaks for Ms. Sessoms family and Mr. Johnson & his family. This is such a horrible tragedy. I would like to say if someone has a cable on their property it might be a good idea to put a bright colored flag on the cable just so it can be seen.
    I do not know either family but my thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 26, 2012

    Hopefully Katie's family will realize this was an accident and won't try to sue the land owner. Being a native Harnett Countian myself, I don't think they will. I think they will do the right thing.

  • Home in the Branch Jun 26, 2012

    How ironic that right across the road from where this accident occurred, a dirt path ends at the mouth of an abandoned clay pit. Shear drop off. If it had happened there, they would have never been found. Once again, gates and cables are up for a reason.

  • kermit60 Jun 26, 2012

    So they were riding there golf cart through the woods in the dark, on someone elses property. The cable wasn't put there for the purpose of injuring or killing just to keep people out or off the property. Bad accident but I see no reason the property owner is at fault. It would be sort of like sueing the state because there was a curve in the road and you wrecked. Maybe you should have just slowed down.

  • laurensaikkonen Jun 26, 2012

    Katie was a student of mine a few years ago at OHS. I remember her as being on the quiet side. She worked hard on her classwork and you could tell her friends meant the world to her. At the time of her accident, she was 20 years old and in college. Without a doubt she had a very bright future ahead of her. I think it is really sad that those commenting on the story can't empathize with the obvious horror that took place. Young lovers doing what young people do. I can't think of many people that weren't a little more carefree in their young life. For those reducing this story to trespassing and property rights, you missed the boat on humanity. Imagine if this were your daughter, sister? You'd be singing a different tune. My heart breaks for her family, friends, and boyfriend. I hope this accident can serve as a warning to others that traverse those trails.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 25, 2012

    Let's say that rather than getting killed by the cable, the cable hadn't been there and these 2 had driven their golf cart into a farm pond or a huge hole on the property and been killed, would y'all still be blaming the property owner? Maybe what the property owner was trying to prevent was a bunch of kids going back in the woods swimming in his pond and possibly getting hurt.

  • fishon Jun 25, 2012

    There is a huge gigantic boulder on my property. Young kids in the neighborhood ask if they can go climb on it and play. I am happy that they can enjoy it.

    See how happy you will be when one of the little darlin's gets hurt on YOUR boulder and their parents sue you...

  • gunny462 Jun 25, 2012

    "to prevent them from riding annoying four wheelers or to stop them from stealing your dirt. That is it! This man should be held liable for stringing a cable at neck height. Why didnt he just string it at knee height"

    Actually, if you read the story, "amid a stand of pine trees and a tobacco field"

    "That is it! This man should be held liable for stringing a cable at neck height. Why didnt he just string it at knee height"

    Ever seen what happens to a cable strung at knee height when hit by a car or other vehicle? It stretches until it snaps. How high do you think the cable went before it snaps... neck high perhaps? As it was a golf cart and as the story says, "tearing the top off the golf cart" nothing but bad was going to happen. My condolences to her family, tragic accident.

  • autismawareness Jun 22, 2012

    abby, you mean NO brakes

  • highcountry Jun 22, 2012

    So sad that this happened. They must have been unfamiliar to the area. And they also must have not had permission to be riding back there. People put cables up in the country for a reason. There could have been a huge pit dug out there for akk these two knew. Also, it keeps people from riding out in the middle of the night to steal your stuff! Farm equipment costs thousands of dollars folks! Prayers for her family .