Man dies after golf cart runs over him

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS ó A Kannapolis man died Saturday after being run over and dragged by a golf cart while at a horse show.
Jimmy Pless, 62, apparently was running a concession stand at the event at private Austin Stables on Jefferson Avenue.
A 2-year-old boy fell into a golf cart in the pasture.
The cart’s brakes were disengaged and it starting rolling forward, Landis Police Chief Brian McCoy said.
The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m.
According to Landis Officer B.S. Linn, Pless saw the cart coming toward him. “He tried to keep it from rolling down the hill,” Linn said.
The cart ran over Pless and dragged him about 10 feet, the officer said.
Pless was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he later died.
Rowan County property records show Phil Austin owns the property. Authorities said Austin is the child’s grandfather. Pless was not related to the child.
“He and Mr. Pless were good friends,” Linn said.
Pless also kept a horse at Austin Stables.
Pless was employed with Philip Morris U.S.A. He is survived by his wife, Margie Helms Pless, a daughter, two brothers and grandchildren.