A third family member from North Carolina died after his golf cart was rammed by an impaired driver whose car veered over a center line and hit him head-on, announced the authorities.
Jada Marlowe, 13, died Monday after being taken off life support, her mother, Savannah Boltz, said in a Facebook post. “Sweet Jada, go and rest high on this mountain,” the heartbroken mother wrote.
The girl’s father, Michael Marlowe, 39, and her 5-year-old brother, Bentley Michael Marlowe, died at the scene June 13 on a dual carriageway in Statesville, authorities said.
Amy Mills, 26, Teagan Murphy, 16, and Bailey Marlowe, 2, were also injured in the accident. Michael Marlowe was driving the cart, officials said. The six people were struck around 9:40 p.m. by a Honda Accord driven by Austin Ray Harmon, 23, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
Harmon was charged with impaired driving, death by vehicle and three counts of grievous bodily harm by vehicle, according to jail records online. He is being held in lieu of $310,000 bond and his first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, records show.
Additional charges are expected to be filed after Jada Marlowe’s death, prosecutors said.
The funeral took place on Tuesday for the father and his 5-year-old son.
“You can feel the heaviness of community around almost everyone,” family friend Sharon Chambers told WBTV. “It’s just immense grief for them and their family.”
“Drunk driving is dangerous not only for the driver but also for everyone else on the highway,” North Carolina State Highway Patrol Private Jeffrey Swagger told the station last week.
“Golf carts are a popular pastime for people to get out and enjoy their neighborhood and community, but can be dangerous when golf carts and cars occupy the same space,” the soldier added. .