Child Pinned by Golf Cart Dies

Children were playing with the cart at a church in Escondido

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 3:35 PM PDT
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Children playing with a golf cart pinned a playmate killing him. Video shot on the grounds of the church show the location of the golf cart to the Parish Hall and the pillar involved.

Children playing with a golf cart pinned a playmate killing him. Video shot on the grounds of the church show the location of the golf cart to the Parish Hall and the pillar involved.

A child trapped between a wall and a golf cart in Escondido has died, officials said Tuesday.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Resurrection on 1445 Conway Drive.

Officials said some children were playing with a golf cart used by the staff when one of the children somehow began to drive the cart. The driver of the cart then pinned 4-year-old child Santiago Zarate between the cart and the wall.

The adults inside the parish hall heard what was going on and immediately moved the cart backward to free the child.

Santiago was taken to Escondido Police Department headquarters on Centre City Parkway where first aid was administered. Medics then transported the child to Palomar Hospital by Mercy Air Helicopter.

He was then airlifted to Rady Childrens Hospital with serious injuries to his abdomen.

Monday evening, parishioner Robert Wetzel said he was troubled by the Santiago's injury.

"It's hard. I don't know my emotions now because it just happened but I'll have trouble going to sleep tonight," Wetzel said.

Escondido police said traffic officers were called to the scene to investigate this accident.

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