Extremely sad news as we confirm through Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Savannah jazz legend Ben Tucker was killed earlier today when he was struck by a car while driving on a golf cart on Hutchinson Island.
From Savannah Morning News:
Savannah-Chatham police confirmed Tuesday afternoon 82-year-old Ben Tucker was the driver of the golf cart struck by a dark blue Dodge sedan on Resort Drive, an approach to Grand Prize of America Avenue on Hutchinson Island.
The car was driven by 52-year-old Robert William Martin, of Spicewood, Texas. Police have charged Martin with racing, vehicular homicide in the first degree and reckless driving, Police spokesman Julian Miller said.
Miller said Tucker was crossing the road in his golf cart when the sedan was coming off the speedway. Tucker was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
For those of us who knew Ben and that smile and laugh...AND talent...just typing this is painful. To his family...our sincerest condolences.
More info as it becomes available.