Disneyland employee dies in ‘reckless’ golf cart incident while working

ANAHEIM, Calif. (WKRC) – A Disneyland employee died while working when she was thrown off a “recklessly” driven golf cart.

Bonnye Mavis Lear was an administrator at the Southern California amusement park’s private Club 33, and had worked with the company for 24 years. She was riding in the rear-facing seat of a new golf cart with her coworker behind the Critter County section of the park. The cart lurched when it hit a bump in the road.

“She went to grab the handrail, it gave way and sent her out of the vehicle. We do not know if the passengers were aware that she had fallen out,” Rae Delgado, a Disney California Adventure attractions cast member, said. The incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and resulted in Lear landing on her head, according to Sgt. Jon McClintock from Anaheim police.

Lear was taken to the hospital, but her injuries were too severe. She passed two days later on Friday.

Police do not have much information about the incident and are calling it a traffic collision, but other Disneyland employees say it was “reckless” driving that led to her falling from the golf cart. According to Delgado, Lear suffered head trauma and fractured her skull, issues which could not be solved through surgery.

According to Delgado, Disneyland managers have requested employees remain quiet about the circumstances of Lear’s death.

“It didn’t have to end this way. All of this mess could’ve been avoided if the driver of the golf cart wasn’t driving recklessly,” Delgado said. “The golf cart from the entertainment department was brand new. How the hell could it fall apart?! It’s just so unfair to us & the family.”

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Bonnye and offer our sincere condolences to everyone who cared for her,” said Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock. “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.”

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