Golf car fall injures Appling teen

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:57 PM
Last updated 9:51 PM
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An Appling teen was seriously injured Wednesday when he fell from a golf car and hit his head on the pavement.

Joshua McCarty, 16, of Whiteoak Road, was taken to the trauma center at Georgia Regents Medical Center after the accident, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m. He was listed in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

McCarty was standing on the back of an E-Z-Go golf car driven by Garrett DeVore, 14, as the vehicle traveled down a hill on Morris-Callaway Road near DeVore’s home, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

“He lost his grip and landed head-first on the pavement,” Morris said.

DeVore wasn’t hurt, nor was another passenger in the front of the golf car, Morris added.

Charges are pending, Morris said.

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thauch12
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thauch12 05/29/13 - 05:42 pm
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What?

"Charges are pending, Morris said."

What is wrong with the CCSO?! These are two KIDS who just went through a traumatic event. What good will charging a 14 YEAR OLD with a crime do?! This is completely unnecessary.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/29/13 - 06:11 pm
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Every parent who owns a golf cart...

...needs to know their insurance is WORTHLESS when it comes to accidents involving these machines while driven on public roads...OR...when driven by unlicensed drivers. Bad move.

Pops
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Pops 05/29/13 - 08:41 pm
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Who said the charges were

against the kid.......could be against the parents.....

jmo
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jmo 05/29/13 - 08:49 pm
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The charges.....

should be against the parents (and the lawsuits).

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 05/29/13 - 10:02 pm
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Golf carts
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Charges? Against Garrett DeVore? Did he steal the cart? No, his parents let him have it, I'll bet. Joshua McCarty, poor kid, too bad he wasn’t wearing seat belt, wait, carts don’t have belts, or doors, or any public highway safety equipment. Well, surely the liability insurance on the cart will pay his hospital bills, Oh’ right, carts don’t have insurance or tags nor has any cart manufacture ever said their carts were built for public road use. So charges against Garrett? For what, the State allowed all this to happen, charge the State with stupidity for letting toys like bicycles, golf carts and such on the road. Kids will do what they see "supposedly" adults doing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/29/13 - 10:44 pm
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Blame

Why not just blame George Bush and charge him?

Lkn4Ans
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Lkn4Ans 05/29/13 - 11:28 pm
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I have wondered...

about this. I see kids (some appearing as young as 8-10 years old) zipping around on public streets all over my subdivision. This is the only state I have lived in where I have seen this.

These kids rarely stop for stop signs, have three, four, five passengers, oftentimes do not yield for motorists and, in general, do not pay much attention. It scares the daylights out of me and I have worried that it was only a matter of time before there was a tragedy.

I truly hope that this young man recovers fully from his injuries.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 05/30/13 - 07:18 am
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20 years ago this would have

20 years ago this would have been an accident.

That's it

Kids (of all ages) do dumb stuff sometimes.

Over...

Done.

csrareader
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csrareader 05/30/13 - 07:34 am
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"the State allowed all this

"the State allowed all this to happen"

Are you serious? We should not expect, and I certainly don't want, the Government involved in every aspect of our lives. Where does personal responsibility enter the picture?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 05/30/13 - 08:09 am
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Electric babysitters......
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the parents know the legalities of this issue and do not care. School is out and the streets are full of these "silent killers". Four wheelers with three aboard are also in the streets and paths. And yes, just like cyclist, they do not observe the rules of the road.

Parents are pursuing their personal desires, so let little Johnny go "play in the road". Another symptom of a sick society.

This is not a Nazi State issue. This is a common sense issue. This is a parental neglect issue.

In our neighborhood, if you all the CCSO to report children driving carts in the street, sometimes with three and four year old's attached, it takes thirty minutes for CCSO to arrive. Where are they??? Yes,CCSO has more important protect and serve duties. It makes for a "clean up operation" after the fact. We have had five drunk teens on golf carts. We have had soccer teams on golf cart injuries.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 05/30/13 - 08:28 am
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Point to all of this

It doesnt matter whether he was on a city street or a cow pasture. The results would likely have been the same.

I guess that everyone here never did the things that normal kids do.

Climbing trees, rope swings into a pond, skateboards, racing bicycles to see who was the fastest, all of these can have drastic results.But it is normal kid stuff.

Get off of your soap boxes folks. Parents can't protect their children every minute.

If kids aren't doing something that has risk/reward to it, society would get no where because we would be scared to try new things.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/30/13 - 08:44 am
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Watermedic, the voice of

Watermedic, the voice of logic and sanity... For some people, kids may as well walk around in a bubble.

clayh
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clayh 05/30/13 - 09:10 am
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Golf cart vs golf car

What's the difference between a golf cart and a golf car? I've always known them as golf carts. Are golf cars more road ready?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/30/13 - 09:23 am
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oldredneckman

has it right! Would anyone be charged if the boy was double riding on a bicycle, fell and injured himself?

What the hell is this country coming to?

meanmama
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meanmama 05/30/13 - 09:52 am
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I knew it was only a matter

I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. I live in this area and these kids (and others) are constantly up and down the road on golf carts, atvs and dirtbikes with no respect whatsoever to property lines or traffic. I genuinely hope this kid will get well soon and that this will be a lesson to the other kids and the parents.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/30/13 - 09:58 am
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@ clayh

There is no fundamental difference between a golf cart and a golf car. Club Car came up with the golf car moniker as a marketing gimmick to try to set themselves apart from those companies who came before them. You can find all kinds of designs on these vehicles. Some have lights, some do not. Some are light, some are heavier. Some have windshields, some do not. Some have doors, some do not. Some are gasoline driven, some are electric.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 05/30/13 - 12:15 pm
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Golf Car

I think it was actually the only way to sell them under the guidelines of that huge tax refund that was around a few years back.

Golf Carts would not qualify but Golf Cars did.

Wish I would have bought one then.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/30/13 - 01:36 pm
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We rode dirt bikes.

We rode dirt bikes. Kawasaki's and Honda's. We were not professionals but wore a helmet. Eventually someone got a shoulder dislocated by cutting too close to a tree. And we weren't anywhere near a road. The point is, it's not the roads, it's not the kids, it's not the machine. It's life and there is no script so you figure it out either before the accident or after, but it gets figured out either way.

The one who dislocated his shoulder found that he wasn't that attached to riding the dirt bikes after that. The kids involved in this accident will learn lessons as well. That's how life is.

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Barry Paschal 05/30/13 - 03:00 pm
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Charge

As explained to me, a potential pending charge includes driving without a license. State law restricts operation of golf cars on public roadways to licensed drivers.

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karradur 05/30/13 - 04:46 pm
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...

I was driving in a neighborhood around Greenbrier High School not too far back and I came extremely close to driving full-speed into a golf cart full of kids going the wrong way in the neighborhood's entrance around a blind corner at night with no lights on the cart.

The difference between this and other "kid stuff" is that parents are foolish enough to just hand the keys to their golf carts over to their kids and let them drive on public roads. Why, I don't know. But someone is going to get killed one of these days, and then there won't be so much flippant dismissal and cute platitudes that "kids will be kids".

Has anyone ever seen the episode of Judge Judy where the plaintiff is suing because the defendant's son drove the defendant's family car without permission (and when he was underage), got into an accident, flipped the car, and killed the plaintiff's daughter, all while still on the defendant's property? And the defendant's defense was "well I didn't give permission for my son to drive the car"?

In case you haven't, Judge Judy helpfully pointed out that the defendant made the keys, and their location, available to her son, and that the accident occurred on the defendant's property. It was HER negligence, not her son's (although he wasn't too bright either), that allowed the accident to happen.

If I were McCarty's parents, I would take DeVore's parents to court for allowing their 14-year-old son to dangerously and illegally operate a motor vehicle.

karradur
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karradur 05/30/13 - 04:55 pm
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...

Yes, you can't always police your kids, but it is expected you will make a reasonable effort to not encourage dangerous behavior like this. If Junior has a penchant for stealing the keys and running off with the golf cart, HIDE THE KEYS.

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