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Man killed driving golf cart
PORT NECHES- by Haley Bull
Investigators' spray paint still stains the road, marking the spot where Robby Wayne Chapman's golf cart ride turned fatal.
"He always rides by and he always waves. Always got music on the golf cart and everything," Spencer Allen said. He lives on 4th Street, just a few houses down from the deadly accident.
"We heard the big crash and I thought it was a car wreck," Allen said. "I went over there and there was a golf car flipped in the road. And it was bad."
Port Neches police said Chapman didn't yield the right of way at a stop sign at the intersection of 4th Street and Highway 366.
"I was watching my son and his friends play basketball and they had just waved at him when he went by. And we had heard a crash," Clint Broussard said. He also lives on 4th Street.
Police said Chapman tried to cross the highway in his golf cart around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when a car struck him on the driver's side.
"My son and his friends ran down here and said there's been a terrible accident down here with a golf cart. The guy that just went by the house," Broussard said.
Police said Chapman died en route to the hospital.
Some people who live on the street said they see golf carts driving up and down the road all the time, but they have a big concern with safety.
"It's what it is, a golf cart," Beryl Nowlin said. "It should be on the golf course not in the street."
Beryl and Danny Nowlin have lived on 4th Street for more than 20 years.
"They do that here all the time. I see 'em everywhere all the time," Beryl said.
Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine pointed out a city Facebook page where people can see the rules for driving a golf cart in Port Neches.
"You have no safety there. You don't have any metal doors, you don't have any airbags or anything like that. So it doesn't take much of an impact that can cause some serious injuries in them," Lemoine said.
Lemoine also said one the biggest concerns he has is people driving the carts with infants on their laps and children driving.
Markings left by officers and a warning from the police chief leave reminders of what happened at the intersection.
Port Neches passed an ordinance in 2011 regulating golf carts. More about the rules can be read below:
From the Port Neches Police Department
On June 2nd, 2011, The City of Port Neches City Council approved Ordinance 2011-07 regulating the operation of golf carts within the City.
An operator may drive a golf cart on a City Street for which the posted speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour under the following circumstances:
1. Driver must be licensed to operate a vehicle,
2. The golf cart is covered with liability insurance,
3. All passengers must be seated while the golf cart is in motion,
4. No more passengers than the golf cart is designed to seat. (No passengers in lap), and:
5. Can cross highway or street with speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour only at an intersection.
*Allowing someone to operate a golf cart in violation of State law or City ordinance is a violation, subject to fine.
A golf cart operated under this section must have the following equipment:
4. Parking brake
And 6. Display a slow-moving-vehicle emblem.
Vehicles such as Polaris Rangers, Razors, Kawasaki Mules and other recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) cannot be operated on City streets or highways.
Click here for the Port Neches Police Department Facebook page.