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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Gaston County Police Charge Suspect with Involuntary Manslaughter

On Monday September 5th, 2022 at about 12:26 am, Gaston County Police responded to Briarwood Court near Mount Holly in reference to an incident involving a golf cart.  It was reported several people were drinking and riding a golf cart in the area when someone fell off.

Upon arrival, first responders found the victim unconscious and not breathing.  Lifesaving efforts were started and the victim was transported to CaroMont Regional Medical Center.  The victim was later transferred to Atrium Health Carolina Medical Center.  Ms. Carrigan passed away the next day.  The victim has been identified as:

Gabby Eliese Carrigan
Mount Holly, NC 28120
01/28/2004

Through the investigative process, it was determined the golf cart was being driven by:

Derek Tyler HelmsDerek Tyler Helms
215 Oakwood Dr.
Mount Holly, NC 28120
04/23/2003

Mr. Helms was drinking underage while operating the golf cart.  Mr. Helms was initially charged with DWI, Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.  As the investigation continued and additional evidence came to light, the Gaston County Police Criminal Investigations Unit worked with the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office to pursue further charges.  On Monday September 12th, 2022, detectives charged Mr. Helms with Involuntary Manslaughter.  Mr. Helms is currently in the Gaston County Jail under a $300,000.00 bond.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is encouraged to call Detective H. Dow at the Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320.  Information can also be reported through Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.  Information leading to the arrest of involved parties can result in a reward up to $1,000.


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