A freak golf cart accident claimed the life of Shelly Osterhout, 51, a well-known Florida community leader whose wedding made national headlines in 2015 for its open-ended invitation.
Osterhout died on July 20, four days after she fell out of a golf cart at a retirement village in Orlando. She was dragged behind the vehicle for several feet before the driver, Timothy Foxworth, stopped the cart. According to reports, Foxworth then dragged Osterhout’s body to a flower bed, leaving her there, in critical condition.
The Wildwood Police Department says Foxworth, 36, who was intoxicated at the time of the accident, didn’t report the incident, and later told detectives that he’d been scared. He was arrested and charged with hit and run that caused great bodily injury, as well as driving under the influence. The charges could change now that Osterhout has passed away.
Osterhout was in Orlando to visit her parents. She and her sister reportedly had drinks and dinner together before Osterhout accepted the ill-fated ride on Foxworth’s father’s golf cart.
Osterhout’s family has expressed grief over her passing, and say she will be greatly missed. Her son, Jacob Osterhout, told reporters his mother, who owned Computer Solutions of America, was a community leader, and a professor, involved with many organizations and churches. Osterhout’s Facebook page is filled with messages from shocked and saddened friends and family.
Osterhout was married to Lee Sheriff Deputy Paul Johnson. She made national headlines when she invited her community to “crash their wedding reception” on Oct. 10, 2015, asking attendees to wear “old bridesmaid dresses, funky tuxes or other wedding finery.”
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