A 58-year-old mother has been killed in what police are describing a ‘freak accident’ while driving around her olive orchard in California.
The Mercury News reports Debra Bedard was killed when she fell from a golf cart being driven by her long-time partner, Richard Clarke, and landed on the broken glass shards of the wine glasses she was holding.
A California Highway Patrol report said the accident occurred around 11:15pm on Friday night, with Debra falling from the vehicle when Richard “made a sudden left turn”.
Debra was unable to “stabilise” herself and fell from the cart. During her fall, two of the wine glasses she was holding shattered and she landed on the shards.
She died from her injuries at the scene.
57-year-old Richard Clarke – who had been with Debra for 17 years – was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanour driving under the influence, but a preliminary investigation indicated his actions did not cause the accident or Debra’s fatal injuries.