Massachusetts woman dies after golf cart accident

2013-07-15T15:05:00Z 2013-07-16T07:04:05Z Massachusetts woman dies after golf cart accidentTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 15, 2013 3:05 pm  • 

DUNE ACRES | A Massachusetts woman died Sunday after police said she fell from a golf cart operated by a man arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Police said Jennie Welch, 25, of Brighton, Mass., died at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Police said she had suffered a head injury.

Jason Pelton, 27, of San Francisco, was arrested and faces multiple drunken driving charges.

Police were called at 3:55 a.m. Sunday to the intersection of Cypress Lane and West Road in Dune Acres, where emergency workers were treating Welch.

Pelton told police he and Welch and a 26-year-old Chesterton man were heading home from a wedding reception. He told police the three had been drinking at the reception.

Police said Pelton was seated in the center of the cart and was driving and that Welch was seated to his right.

Police said the three came down a steep hill and the cart began began to vibrate.

Pelton told police Welch apparently fell off. He said he and the Chesterton man initially thought she was joking with them, but they turned around and drove back to Welch, where they found her bleeding and unconscious, according to the police report.

Pelton told police he ran to a nearby home and asked a homeowner to call for help.

Police said Pelton appeared intoxicated and failed a series of sobriety tests. Police said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.13, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Pelton was arrested.

Police said Welch died Sunday afternoon.

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