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Man killed by golf cart while possibly performing stunts


May 29, 2012

On Friday May 25, 2012, at approximately 11:40 PM, Sullivan County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a report of a fatal accident at the Ichud Bungalow Colony (formerly Ideal Bungalows) on State Route 42 South in the Town of Thompson.

At the scene deputies found a man pinned under a golf cart that had rolled over. The victim, identified as Carlos Merino Santiago, 21, of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at the scene by Sullivan County Coroner Elton Harris.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Santiago may have been doing "donuts" and perfoming other manuevers with the golf cart just prior to it overturning. His lifless body was discovered by a co-worker who called 911.

Sheriff's Detectives believe Santiago may have been under the golf cart for some time prior to being found. Santiago, who is originally from Saint Pedro Jicayan, Mexico, was part of a maintenance team that was preparing the bungalow colony for its opening in a few weeks.

Detectives believe alcohol may have been a factor in this accident. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Monticello Fire Dept. and Monticello Police.