Wednesday, June 19, 2024

60-year-old Disneyland worker killed falling out moving golf cart, striking her head

Must read

A 60-year-old Disneyland employee died after a golf cart crash last week at the theme park in Anaheim, California.

Police and fire officials responded about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a “traffic collision” that happened in the backstage area, Anaheim Police Sgt. Jon McClintock told USA TODAY in a statement. Investigators learned the employee fell out of the moving cart and hit her head.

According to CBS News, the Orange County coroner identified the employee as Bonnye Mavis Lear. She reportedly worked at Club 33, an exclusive, private membership club in the New Orleans Square at the resort, serving in membership support services.

Lear was transferred to a local hospital “in grave condition,” McClintock said. She was pronounced dead two days later on Friday, June 7.

“Anaheim Police Traffic Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the traffic collision,” he added.

Disneyland employees: Disneyland character performers at Southern California park vote to unionize

Community is ‘heartbroken,’ president says

Disneyland Resort president Ken Potrock acknowledged Lear’s death in a statement shared with multiple outlets: “We are heartbroken by the loss of Bonnye and offer our sincere condolences to everyone who cared for her.”

“At this time, we are focused on supporting her family and our cast members through this tragic event and making sure they have the resources they need,” the statement continued.

As the Orange County Register reported, a Disney California Adventure Attractions cast member made a social media post saying that Lear was in the rear-facing seat of the golf cart that was carrying three other people.

According to the Facebook post cited by the outlet, when the cart hit a bump, “she went to grab the handrail,” but it “gave way and sent her out of the vehicle.”

USA TODAY reached out to Disneyland for comment.

Latest article