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|Golf Cart Crashes in The Villages, FL - May, 2013

Posted by Tim Babiarz on May 16, 2013 at 3:32pm

Golf Cart Crashes With Injuries Recent reports (ONLY THOSE THAT INVOLVED EJECTION, FALLING OUT OF THE GOLF CART, AND/OR INJU-RIES are provided) that we have received from Village residents, Public Safety, and area law enforcement. (Note: we cannot guarantee that the information we receive is completely accurate about all the details.) USE OF SEAT BELTS WILL KEEP YOU IN YOUR CART! Friday, March 22nd ¨C 9:40am: A 2006 Toyota was traveling eastbound on Bandaros Avenue approaching the stop sign at Banderos and Bella Cruz Drive. A 2010 EZGO golf cart was traveling northbound on Bella Cruz, approaching the same intersection. It should be noted that the stop sign at the above intersection was a 2-way sign which governs traffic on Bandaros only. As the golf cart was approaching the intersection the Toyota pulled out directly in its path. The Toyota intended to cross over Bella Cruz to continue to HWY 441. During impact the driver of the golf cart collided with the steering wheel causing injury to his person. He was transported to the Villages Hospital for medical treatment. The investigation revealed that the driver of the Toyota violated the right-of-way of the golf cart, which resulted in the collision, and the driver of the Toyota was cited for the Violation of Right-of-Way at an intersection. Friday, March 22nd ¨C 10:55am: The driver of a 2013 Chrysler was backing out of her driveway while a 2008 GEM car was traveling northwest of Saffron Lane approaching the area where the vehicle was backing from. The driver of the Chrysler failed to observe the approaching GEM and struck the GEM as it passed by her driveway. The GEM sustained damage to the passenger¡¯s side from the wheel well to the passenger¡¯s rear side. The driver of the GEM stated that her dog had been riding with her in the passenger¡¯s seat and was ejected from the vehicle during the collision. The driver of the GEM stated she was going to have her dog examined by a local veterinarian. The driver of the Chrysler received a citation for improper backing. Friday, March 29th ¨C 10:30am: A female was driving her golf cart on West Boone Court when a car stopped short in front of her. She slammed on the brakes and yanked the steering wheel, tipping over the cart as she fell out. The driver suffered back pain and pain to her legs from battery acid. She was transported to the Villages Hospital for evaluation/treatment. Wednesday, April 3rd ¨C 8:25am: A golf cart was traveling east bound on Belvedere Blvd. and made a right turn onto Castleberry Cir. The driver attempted to make a U-turn on Castleberry to go back west bound on Belvedere. As the driver attempted to make the U-turn the golf cart accelerated up over a concrete cub and crashed into a stop sign post, breaking it in half with the front bumper. The driver stated she remembered she had something else she needed to do and turned into Castleberry to do a U-turn. The 88 year old female driver was issued a citation and transported to The Villages Hospital. Friday, April 5th ¨C 3:30pm: A golf cart was traveling eastbound on Churchill Downs near the intersection of Livingston Loop when the right tire of the cart struck the curb. After striking the curb, the driver fell out of the cart and the cart traveled onto the grass then back onto the roadway ejecting the passenger onto the roadway. Both the driver and the passenger were transported to Leesburg Regional Medical Center. Friday, April 12th ¨C 5:30pm: A golf cart (2012 Star EV 4-seater) was south bound on Odell Circle travelling downhill in the golf cart lane. The driver stated that a gust of wind caused him to start swaying to the point he crashed. The officer stated that upon inspection of the vehicle it was noticed that the suspension was loose and the vehicle was in high range and that it appears that something caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle when it started swaying from side to side until it flipped on the driver side and slid to a rest in the middle of Odell Circle. Two occupants were transported to Ocala Regional Hospital for treatment. ¡õ

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