A recent report revealed that golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries. The report also revealed that children as young as nine were driving golf carts. The study stated that non-automobile vehicles like ATVs, go-karts, and golf carts are seen as safe by parents and community members. Between 1990 and 2006 there were 150,000 injuries related to golf carts in the United States. Almost a third of them involved children under the age of 16. The most common cause of injury was being thrown from the cart and involved serious injuries. For older teens, it was also common to overturn the cart.
Action News Jax reports on a child who fell from a golf court and hit his head being flown to a Jacksonville hospital with traumatic head injuries.
Last Tuesday, the St. John’s Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a 14-year-old boy who fell from a golf cart. The boy hit his head and was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital.
The accident occurred off North Durbin Parkway in Northwest St. Johns County. He had a traumatic brain injury, but it did not look like there was any bleeding in the brain that would require intervention.
According to the boy’s mother, he lost consciousness and began having seizures after the accident. CT scans and x-rays produced positive results that the boy would not be needing neurosurgery.
He was placed into a medically induced coma and was breathing with the help of a ventilator. A call to the hospital revealed that the boy was doing fine and recovering.