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June 04. 2014 9:16AM

Grandmother killed when golf cart driven by 5-year-old grandson crashes into porch

NORTHFIELD — A 57-year-old grandmother was killed Monday in what police are calling a “freak accident” involving her grandchild and a golf cart, police said.

Sherry Isabelle of 34 Gifford Drive was riding in a small golf cart with her 5-year-old grandson at the wheel when the cart smashed into her house’s porch.

“We think it’s the kind of thing where the child might have hit the accelerator instead of the brake,” Sgt. Michael Hutchinson said.

A third person in the small powered cart was not injured, he said.

Isabelle likely died in the crash, Hutchinson said. The child suffered minor facial injuries.

“We’re not sure exactly what happened ... we think the child being smaller was a factor, because they both went under the porch,” he said.

Police and rescue crews were called to Isabelle’s home at 3:42 p.m. Isabelle’s body was pulled from beneath the porch by rescue crews and neighbors; CPR was performed. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her grandson was taken to Franklin Regional Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Hutchinson said Isabelle was known and loved in her neighborhood.

“I really feel for the family, particularly the young grandson,” he said.

No charges are expected to be filed, police said.

According to her Facebook page, Isabelle went to Winnisquam Regional High School and was a member of the Tilton Northfield United Methodist Church.

On Isabelle’s Facebook page, a relative expressed sorrow: “My heart goes out to Grampa Bob, Robert Isabelle in the loss of his wife today in a tragic accident. We all loved her and will miss her. Remember all the good times and the family memories and remember she was doing something she loved with her grandchildren. Also my thoughts are with the rest of her family and all of her friends. Rest in peace Sherry Isabelle.”

The case is still under investigation by local police, who are asking anyone with information to contact them at 286-8982.

“The Northfield Police Department would also like to ask all to take proper safety precautions when operating recreational vehicles, to include golf carts,” police said in a news release.

dseufert@newstote.com


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