2 dead, including 5-year-old child, after car hits golf cart

IREDELL COUNTY, North Carolina (WBTV/Gray News) – Two people have died after a car hit a golf cart full of people in North Carolina, authorities said.

The crash happened late Monday night in Iredell County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, five people were in the golf cart.

“Last night at approximately 9:40 p.m. Highway Patrol and other first responders were called to this area to a motor vehicle accident involving a passenger car and a golf cart,” said North Carolina State Highway Trooper Jeffrey Swagger. patrol. “The soldiers arrived to find several injured people. Sadly, two of those passengers on the golf cart died and several were taken to hospital.

As he drove down the road, a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line, hitting the cart, soldiers said.

Golf cart driver Michael Shane Marlowe, 39, and 5-year-old passenger Bentley Marlowe were identified by Highway Patrol soldiers as the two victims killed in the crash, WBTV reports.

Authorities said the other four passengers were ages 2, 13, 16 and 26. They were taken by medical helicopters to hospitals in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

2009 Honda Accord driver Austin Ray Harmon, 23, was arrested and charged with impaired driving, two felony counts of death per vehicle and three felony counts of grievous bodily injury per vehicle, according to the Highway. patrol. His bail was set at $250,000.

“Drunk driving is dangerous not only for the driver, but also for everyone else on the highway, and golf carts are a popular pastime for people who want to get out and enjoy their neighborhood and their surroundings. community, but they can be dangerous when golf carts and cars occupy the same space, it can be dangerous for golf cart occupants for sure,” Swagger said.

This investigation is ongoing.

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