Motor Vehicle Homicide Charged in Golf Cart Death

A Nebraska woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide after an accident on a golf course caused the death of her friend.

Kim Mcillece, 53, of Omaha, Neb., was allegedly driving a golf cart across Tiburon golf course after a dinner party last May, with the victim, Debi Deines, as a passenger, when the cart hit a pipe and tipped over, pinning Deines, according to KETV.

When Sarpy County deputies arrived, Mcillece had a blood alcohol content of 0.198%, more than twice the legal limit.

An arrest warrant was issued this week, charging Mcillece with a class III felony.

We don’t believe it was planned or intentional, but we believe it was negligent, said Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov.

According to an affadivit, Mcillece called her husband, Kelly Mcillece, who arrived at the scene before going to Deines’ home nearby and getting her husband. The two men lifted the car, which landed on Deines’ chest.

The prosecution will have to prove that Mcillece was driving the cart. One of the first investigators at the scene was told that both women were in the cart when it crashed. Deines’ brother told investigators he had seen Mcillece behind the wheel of the cart that night but he didn’t see her drive it.

Mcillece, who has a DUI conviction from 1996, turned herself in and was released on bond. She will wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet as part of her release.

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