CAMINO — A man from Texas crashed a speeding golf cart at a Camino golf course Monday and died.
The California Highway Patrol said just before 4:30 p.m., 44-year-old Brett Shannon was driving along the 10th fairway of the Apple Mountain Golf Resort. Thirty-one-year-old Clayton Rogers from Sacramento was riding with him.
At one point, Shannon began speeding down a hill on the cart path, according to the CHP. The golf cart lost control as it went over a bridge and broke through a railing before landing in a creek.
When the cart crashed, the CHP said Shannon was ejected from his seat. He died from his injuries.
“The passenger received major injuries as well,” said CHP Officer Andrew Brown.
The CHP said Rogers was taken to nearby Marshall Hospital for treatment.
Brown said deadly crashes on golf carts are extremely rare but someone else died on the same course 14 years ago after crashing their cart.
“Golf carts aren’t typically manufactured with the same safety ratings as a normal passenger vehicle would be,” said Brown. “Oftentimes, they don’t come with seatbelts. They travel at lower speeds than a normal car, obviously, but death and injury can occur at very low speeds.”
The CHP is investigating what caused Shannon to lose control of the cart. Brown said he believes speed and alcohol played a role.
“Just know that DUI applies everywhere,” said Brown. “Behind a scooter, electric golf cart, your own personal vehicle on public roadways or in a golf course. And the CHP will make arrests.”
FOX40 reached out to Apple Mountain Golf Course for comment but received no response.