9-year old Manvel boy killed in golf cart accident

Tragedy struck in Manvel, Texas on Mother’s Day this past weekend when 9-year old Phillip Koterba was killed in a golf cart accident. Manvel police say that the golf cart Phillip was riding in hit a ditch and then flipped over. Phillip was a student at C.J. Harris Elementary School, and grief counselors were on hand in an effort to help students and teachers deal with Phillip’s death. In an act of great generosity at a terribly sad time, Phillip’s family made the decision to donate his organs which will help three other children live.

Phillip Koterba (9) who died Mother's Day in a golf cart accident in Manvel, TX.

Golf cart accident injuries appear to be an unexpectedly commonly occurring problem. An article of the web site of Technology Associates quotes the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s statistic that 15,000 golf cart related injuries requiring emergency room treatment occur in the U.S. each year. The article says that one significant mode of injury is passenger ejection, which can lead to serious injuries, especially of the head. CPSC injury statistics indicate that approximately 40% of all golf cart related accidents involve children under the age of 16, and 50% of those accidents involve a fall from a moving golf cart.