79-Year-Old Golf Cart Driver Dies in Crash in The Villages
The driving habits of residents of The Villages are well-known throughout the country. Due to its high population of elderly folks, there are lanes dedicated to the golf carts these individuals use in order to get around. The sight of golf carts and cars mingling on the roadways is far from unfamiliar, and most motorists have learned how to handle the slower moving and more fragile vehicles in a way that prevents anyone from becoming involved in an accident. Unfortunately, golf cart accidents still do occasionally happen. Such was the case on the afternoon of a Tuesday during the later days of July.
It was close to 1:00 in the afternoon on July 28th that a 79-year-old resident of The Villages was behind the wheel of a golf cart traveling down the western lanes of Madero Drive. This individual was traveling towards the intersection of Zaragoza Place and Madero Drive at the time. It is believed that they were alone in the golf cart and that they were also not traveling with any other individuals who were driving their own carts. Where the elderly individual was headed or coming from remains unknown, and the reports did not mention whether or not alcohol or some other substance played any role in the incident.
The 79-year-old was within the travel lanes of Madero Drive when he attempted to make a left turn off of this road onto Zaragoza Place. While the preliminary reports did not mention whether or not the intersection has a light or a stop sign or any other sort of traffic governance, it does seem apparent that the driver of the golf cart failed to notice that an SUV was also traveling down Madero Drive and was also about to pass through the intersection.
Behind the wheel of the SUV was a 69-year-old individual, also a resident of the popular retirement community that flocks to The Villages. This person was not able to avoid the golf cart as it entered the intersection, and the subsequent collision caused the cart and its driver to suffer tremendous damage.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and began to tend to the 79-year-old golf cart driver. They were rushed from the area to a nearby hospital where they were later declared dead.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.