A woman golfing with her husband and her mother was taken to the local hospital yesterday afternoon. The woman was struck by a golf cart driven by her mom.
Ginger Rogers, 55, was hit by the cart about 2 p.m. at Fairway Golf Course. She was examining her 50-foot putt on the par 5 tenth hole when she heard her mother scream. Ginger turned around just in time to see her mom driving straight toward her. The force of the collision knocked her over, and the cart then ran over her foot.
Her mom, 81 years old, said that a squirrel had jumped up into the cart looking for snacks. She tried to shoo the squirrel away. Instead, it rose up on its hind feet and made a hissing sound. Startled and frightened, the old lady hit the gas pedal.
The paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later and treated Ginger for a broken left ankle. They gave a mild sedative to her mother, who kept muttering, "Vicious, simply vicious." Then they took Ginger to the hospital. Mr. Rogers promised his wife he would visit her after he finished his round.
John Dean, an attorney for the golf course, said the golf course was not responsible for the actions of its animals. He added, "If the ladies want to sue, they'll have to sue the squirrel. We're still assessing the damage to the cart and the green. It looks fairly light; I doubt that the driver will owe us more than $1,000.