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Man, 83, dies in wrong-way golf cart crash; wife injured

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 11:25:38-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a wrong-way golf cart crash in a Florida gated community killed an 83-year-old man and injured his wife.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets Joseph Heller died in the crash Monday in Estero. His wife, 81-year-old Betty Heller, was riding in the golf cart and suffered life-threatening injuries. Heller died at a hospital where they both were taken after being ejected in the crash.

Deputies say in a report that Heller was driving his golf cart northbound in the southbound lane of Via Lungomare Circle in The Club at Rapallo when it was struck head-on by a pickup truck. It says the truck's driver told deputies he was distracted after dropping a cigarette, however Heller was at fault because he was on the wrong side of the road.

The crash is being investigated.

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