Golf Cart Death Ruled Accident, No Charges Filed

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(WGN-AM)- Cook County sheriff's officials said today that they do not expect to criminally charge an elderly man who ran over his 78-year-old girlfriend with a golf cart on a South Suburban country club this weekend.

Barbara Zoub, of the 00-100 block of East Superior St. was at the Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Hwy. in Flossmoor when she was struck by a golf cart driven by her 81-year-old boyfriend, said Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County sheriff's police.

Gordon said investigators believe that Zoub may have been walking to her ball after she hit it as she approached the 2nd hole. The cart ran over the woman, Gordon said.

"It just looks like a terrible accident,'' Gordon said.

An autopsy conducted today by the Cook County medical examiner's office concluded that she died from multiple injuries and ruled her death an accident. The accident happened at 1:40 p.m. and the woman, who was a prominent residential real estate broker was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m.

Gordon said there was no indication that alcohol was involved.

Sheriff's officials on Monday criticized Flossmoor police officials for not notifying them about the accident until a day later. By that time, a sheriff's spokesman said they could not perform breathalizer exams or quickly investigate the accident.

Flossmoor police chief Bill Miller today accused one of his veteran officers of mishandling a the call by not notifying the sheriff's department. Miller said his officer, who he would not name, was off duty but responded to the accident at 1:40 p.m. in his capacity as a paramedic with the Flossmoor fire department.

Miller said the country club straddles both incorporated Flossmoor and unicorporated Flossmoor which is under the jurisdiction of the sheriff's office. He said his officer believed the sheriff's office was notified and did not pursue it to see if that was the case.

"The officer did not notify county and did not confirm that county was notified and he should have,'' Miller said.

He refused to say if the officer would be reprimanded. He said a breathalizer probably would not have been given to anyone because the woman died about six hours later.

"All indications that the officer was able to see was that it was an accident,'' Miller said.

Zoub was a well-known real estate broker at Rubloff Residential Properties who focused on high-end residential homes on the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park.

A long-time friend of the woman said that she had been scaling back her work scheduled in the last few years and was spending more time playing tennis and golf. She had started a firm in the 1980s with several other women and joined Rubloff in 2004.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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