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Derek Helms: Drunk golf cart driver charged with manslaughter after 18-yr-old girl fell out of his ride and died

Gabby Carrigan was found unconscious and not breathing. Although she was then taken to the hospital, she died the next day
UPDATED SEP 14, 2022
Derek Helms, 19,  has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)
Derek Helms, 19, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence (Gaston County Sheriff's Office)

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GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: A 19-year-old drunken golf cart driver, Derek Helms is charged with manslaughter after an 18-year-old girl, Gabby Carrigan in the passenger seat fell out of the ride and died in North Carolina. 

According to WBTV, on Monday, September 11 police responded to Briarwood Court in response to someone falling off a golf cart. It was reported that several people were drinking and driving the cart in the area.


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The locals reported that Carrigan was found unconscious and not breathing. She was then taken to the hospital, however, she died the next day. Helms was allegedly driving the cart at the time Carrigan fell, according to police. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, September 13. He is additionally charged with driving under the influence, felony serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving and is being held at Gaston County Jail on a $300,000 bond. 

A GoFundMe page has been started by the family of Carrigan. The campaign note says, "Hey everyone! My name is Jordan and I’m trying to raise money to help out my nieces family. My niece was involved in a terrible accident last night and she is fighting for her life! I’m asking for any donations to help her parents out.

Gabby Carrigan, the passenger who fell out of the golf cart ride and died in North Carolina (GoFundMe)

It further added, "The expense will add up and overwhelm them. I’m asking for any donation, no matter how small to help with the expense of being at the hospital and having to eat out, driving to and from the hospital and the fact that neither parent can work right now, while she’s hospitalized. Please keep our precious loved one in your prayers! Her guardian Angel is working overtime.!"

Previously, a Florida man injured several customers after driving a golf cart through the front doors of a Hillsborough County Walmart got arrested. The same store was evacuated a day after the El Paso Walmart shooting after a man phoned the establishment to warn an employee he was five minutes away and was going to "shoot up the building." 56-year-old Michael Dale Hudson burst through the entrance of the supermarket on Gibsonton Drive and was caught on camera narrowly avoiding an elderly civilian before two deputies chased after him on foot.