16-Year-old dies after golf cart rolls over

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A 16-year-old died after a golf cart rolled over in San Tan Valley Saturday night.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to North Mountain Vista Blvd. and West Morgan Lane after receiving several 911 calls about a rollover crash.

Deputies arrived to find a golf cart on its side and Julieann Arancel lying on the ground near the vehicle.

PCSO said Arancel had been a passenger standing near the driver before it rolled over.

According to PCSO, Arancel’s head hit the asphalt and then the cart landed on top of her. She was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

PCSO’s Vehicular Crimes Unit has been investigating the incident and determined that the golf cart was taken out by a girl whose father was out of town.

Nine people were in the cart at the time of the crash, and several more were running alongside. The kids were reportedly on their way back from a Sonic restaurant when the crash occurred.

Following the crash, PCSO said several of the kids fled the scene and had to be located.

PCSO said alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, adding that an overloaded vehicle with an inexperienced driver was the cause.

All of the kids involved in the crash attend Poston Butte High School.

The school is planning to have counselors available on Monday morning.