Sugar Creek Country Club vigil packed after accidental crash fatalities

February 2, 2014 

The residents of Sugar Creek held a candlelight vigil at 6:15 p. m. Sunday at the flagpole in front of the clubhouse, said Tom Watts, president of the homeowners association.

MANATEE - Some walked in arm in arm.

Some had their arms around each other.

Some hugged in the parking lot.

About 150 people packed into the Sugar Creek Country Club main clubhouse Sunday night for a prayer vigil for victims of a parking crash earlier in the day that claimed three lives just 50 yards away.

"It's so sad," said resident Lynda DeYoung.

About 350 residents live in the close-knit Sugar Creek comples of communities near Mixon Fruit Farms and many knew the victims.

A row of golf carts lined the side of the creek Sunday where, seven hours earlier, a woman in her 70s or 80s accidentally backed into a crowd leaving a Sunday church service at the clubhouse.

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said Sunday the woman who caused the accident had a valid driver license with no limitations.

The woman has not been charged.

Songs could be heard coming from the clubhouse, which was closed to the media.

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