An elderly man was flown to UMC in Tucson after being run over by a golf cart at the Safford RV Resort on Thursday, June 6.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – An elderly man was flown to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson on Thursday, June 6, for treatment of severe injuries he suffered after being run over by a golf cart while on a walk with his wife.
According to a Safford Police report, officers were dispatched at about 8:51 p.m. to the Safford RV Resort at 2075 Golf Course Rd. regarding the incident.
Upon arrival, officers located the man, identified as Alfred Williams, trapped underneath a blue, EZGO Textron golf cart. The officers lifted the golf cart off Williams and moved it to the side to allow paramedics from Lifeline Ambulance to treat him.
Williams was initially transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center and was then flown to UMC. According to the police report, Williams was flown to the Tucson hospital to treat his facial fractures and bleeding on his brain. At the scene, officers noted Williams had a laceration along the right side of his head above his ear, a swollen left eye, labored breathing, and was unable to speak.
The driver of the golf cart, identified as resort employee Diane Nunez, was distraught and said she simply didn’t see Williams or his wife because it was so dark and neither the resort or the golf cart has lights. She said she was driving the cart to the clubhouse to lock it up for the night when the collision occurred.
The officer noted there were no indications that Nunez was driving impaired and she passed a field sobriety test.
Williams’ wife, Evelyn Williams, said the couple had just returned home after having a family dinner and had gathered up their dogs for an evening stroll when Alfred was struck by the golf cart. Evelyn said she felt Nunez was traveling at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred and that she should be arrested.
The report was turned over to the Safford City Prosecutor to review.