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Woman dies when she’s thrown from golf cart and lands on wine glasses

Co-workers of Debra Bedard of San Jose, Calif., expressed condolences after she died in a freak golf cart accident in an olive orchard Friday night.
Co-workers of Debra Bedard of San Jose, Calif., expressed condolences after she died in a freak golf cart accident in an olive orchard Friday night. Facebook

A freak accident involving a golf cart and wine glasses in a private California orchard on Friday left a 58-year-old woman dead.

Authorities say Debra Bedard of San Jose was riding in a golf cart, holding two wine glasses, when she fell out of the vehicle and landed on the broken shards.

She died of her injuries at the scene, reports the Mercury News.

The accident happened about 11:15 p.m. Friday in an olive orchard Bedard owned southeast of Sacramento with Richard Clarke, 57, who was driving the golf cart at the time.

The couple used the orchard as a vacation home, reported SFGATE.com.

According to the accident report filed by the California Highway Patrol, Clarke made a left turn as he approached the end of the orchard. Bedard, who was holding two wine glasses, was “unable to stabilize herself” and fell out, landing on the broken glasses.

“They would often ride through the orchard just to check things out and enjoy the serenity of the property,” Bedard’s son, Steve Bedard, told the Mercury News.

“Having been on the property many times, I completely understand how this happened. It was not an irresponsible act but just the worst kind of tragedy.”

The accident report said Clarke “was operating a golf cart while intoxicated,” but a preliminary investigation determined his actions “did not cause the collision or fatal injuries,” Rebecca Myers of the Highway Patrol told the newspaper.

“I would never want anyone to think of Richard as an irresponsible man,” Bedard said. “He is one of the most together, responsible men with the strongest of character.”

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