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Hit By A Golf Cart

hit by a golf cart
hit by a golf cart

SURPRISE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — An older man is badly hurt after he was struck while driving his golf cart on the Loop 303 in Surprise on Friday afternoon.

Arizona’s Family news chopper witnessed a golf cart filled with clubs on the side of the freeway.(Arizona’s Family)

It happened just before 12:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes near Grand Avenue. “The calls started to come in about six minutes before the collision happened. I’m not sure the number of calls. There were a few,” said Bart Graves with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The 78-year-old man was in the slow lane of the freeway when he was hit by a work truck. He was taken to the hospital with head injuries and is in critical condition in the hospital. DPS said he is expected to survive.

Graves said the man lives in Sun City and was either heading to or from the golf course. His clubs were still strapped in the back of the cart on impact.

“He was thrown off his golf cart and the head injury comes from hitting his head on the hood of the truck that struck him,” said Graves.

Arizona law bans golf carts from roads with a speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour. The man was only going 28 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

“When you’re driving along the 303 you assume the normal speeds. You are not expecting to see a golf cart in the No. 3 lane. So, they probably tried to slow but couldn’t in time,” Graves said.

DPS learned he was on the freeway, likely because he was dealing with a recent diagnosis. “His wife went to the hospital and she did inform us that he’s in the early stages of dementia, which would explain why he was on the freeway,” Graves said.

Graves said his wife had his location on her phone. She noticed he was missing, and the golf cart was gone. She checked his location and saw he was on the Loop 303 and called 911. By that point, the accident had happened.

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