Teen driver describes fatal golf cart crash

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 12 at 7:00 PM

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Julieanne Arancel, 16, was killed on Saturday in a bizarre golf cart accident in San Tan Valley.
 
The teenager was riding in a golf cart with 8 friends when it tipped over and landed on her.
 
Her head hit the pavement.
 
Arancel’s best friend, 14-year-old Tyler Greene, was driving the golf cart.
 
“When I got out of the golf cart I saw Julie face first on the ground and I turned her over and I tried to wake her up,” said Greene. “I knew she wasn't OK.”
 
Greene went on to describe his best friend as “irreplaceable” and a “really fun girl.”
 
According to a spokesperson with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the golf cart belongs to one of the kids' parents and it was taken without permission.
 
Arancel's mother Maryanne Arancel is not angry with her daughter’s friends.
 
“I don't think Julie would want me to be angry with her friends because that's what accident is supposed to mean right,” said Maryanne. “It could’ve been prevented, but how? That's thing.” 
 
Maryanne rushed to the hospital Saturday night in denial.
 
The concerned mother was hoping her daughter suffered just a few bumps and bruises from the accident.
 
“When I saw her at the hospital she was so full of blood that we felt so helpless because she was laying down there thinking ‘Mom where were you? Dad where were you?,’" said Maryanne.
 
Even though drugs and alcohol weren't a factor in the accident, according to investigators, Greene feels guilty because he was driving the golf cart.
 
The teen could still face criminal charges for Arancel 's death.
 
Greene’s family is helping to raise money for Arancel’s family.  
 
Click here to make a donation.
 
Her funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.
 

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