July 30, 2013

Sanford man injured in fall off golf cart dies

John MacKay, 52, had been in critical condition at Maine Medical Center with a brain injury following the accident in Casco over the weekend.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A Sanford man who fell off a moving golf cart and hit his head in Casco over the weekend in what investigators described as a “freak accident” was pronounced dead Monday night at Maine Medical Center.

John MacKay, 52, had been in critical condition at Maine Medical Center with a brain injury.
The driver of the golf cart, Gary Belinsky, 59, of Westford, Mass., is free on $300 bail after his arrest on a drunken-driving charge.

Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the accident was not the result of reckless driving, but Belinsky was charged because police believe his blood-alcohol content was higher than 0.08 percent and a golf cart is considered a motor vehicle under state law.

Belinsky and John MacKay drank at a barbecue with their spouses earlier Saturday evening at the Point Sebago resort, police said. They were riding in the cart back to their residence when MacKay fell off on the paved roadway inside the complex.

Belinsky was driving the cart with his wife in the passenger seat. The other couple were seated on the back of the cart, police said. MacKay apparently stood up, wearing flip-flops, slipped and fell from the moving cart, hitting his head, police said.

Any changes in the charges brought against Belinsky as a result of MacKay's death will be decided by the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office once the investigation is complete, said Capt. Shawn O'Leary.


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