Drunken Joyride In North Carolina Leaves Teenage Girl Dead, Man Charged With Manslaughter: Police

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Source: Gastonia Police Department; GoFundMe

Sep. 14 2022, Published 2:10 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man is facing a manslaughter charge after a teenage girl fell off a golf cart in what authorities believe was a drinking and driving incident.

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On Sept. 13, the Gaston County Police Department responded to the report that several people in Mount Holly were joyriding a golf court while drunk and one person fell off, WBTV reported.

First responders found Gabby Carrigan, 18, unresponsive at the scene. She was rushed to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries the following day.

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Police said an investigation determined Derek Helms, 19, was driving the golf cart at the time, and he was charged with involuntary manslaughter, DWI, felony serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving.

Helms was booked into the Gaston County Jail on a $300,000 bond.


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