Jennie Welch, 25, succumbed to her injuries in the afternoon of 14 July after falling from a moving golf cart. The police arrested Jason Pelton on drunken driving charges. Welch, from Brighton, Massachusetts, suffered a severe head injury as a result of the accident and died at the IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
The police were called early Sunday morning around 3:55am to the intersection between Cypress lane and West Road in Dune Acres, where the accident had occurred. Pelton, Welch and a Chesterton man were reportedly returning from a wedding reception where they had been drinking. Coming down a steep hill, the cart began to vibrate, the deceased fell off and was severely injured.
The accused, Pelton, of San Francisco, had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent at the time of the accident that is considerably above the legal limit, which is 0.08. After the fall, the accused and the Chesterton man initially thought Welch was joking, only after driving back they discovered that the deceased was unconscious and bleeding profusely. According to police reports, Welch was sitting to the right while Pelton in the middle had been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident.