Two teens and three children were injured Tuesday morning when a golf cart carrying all five overturned several times in Athens. Police on Wednesday were trying to determine what happened and whether charges should be filed against the 16-year-old driver.
The crash happened around 9:10 a.m. on Woodlawn Avenue near McWhorter Drive, according to the Athens-Clarke County police. Investigators said a 16-year-old boy was driving the cart westbound on Woodlawn Avenue when the wheels on the right side struck the curb, causing him to lose control.
The vehicle overturned several times before coming to a rest upright, police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said. All five were thrown from the cart including two girls, 8 and 15, and two boys 7 and 10, Sorrow said. All five were transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, she said. Their conditions were unknown Wednesday.
Body Found in Ocmulgee River Identified
A body found on Ocmulgee River in Bibb County has been identified, officials said Wednesday. But investigators are still trying to determine what caused the 52-year-old man’s death, though they said they do not suspect foul play.
Crime lab investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations were able to use finger print analysis to identify the body found dead over the weekend as Winston Gamble, of Macon, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. He had been wearing a “Prom 2015” bracelet from Mary Persons High School, but investigators aren’t sure why he had the bracelet.
Coroner Leon Jones said Gamble, a native of Titusville, Fla., had lived in the Heritage Healthcare Nursing Home on Anthony Road, but left about a year ago, according to 11 Alive News. He had been living with friends at Macon’s Pendleton Homes project, but then became homeless.
Kayakers discovered Gamble’s body around 9 a.m. Saturday, about 300 feet south of the Second Street Bridge, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said. After getting the report, deputies and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department boat crew responded to the scene and the boat crews pulled the body out of the water around 10:30 a.m., DeFoe said.
Gamble’s body was sent to crime lab at the beginning of the week for an autopsy and medical examiners are awaiting the toxicology report to help determine the cause of death, but so far foul play is not suspected, DeFoe said.
Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the “on-call” investigator.