07/16/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Montcalm Township, MI—Emergency medical services (EMS) crews rushed a 23-year-old man with special needs to an area hospital after the golf cart he was riding on, and buckled into, crashed into a pond Wednesday, July 14, 2010. An 8-year-old boy was driving the golf cart when it failed to stop as it approached the water, according to information provided by WOOD TV8.
Reports indicated an unidentified 8-year-old boy was operating a golf cart when the accelerator pedal seemingly became stuck as the cart sped towards a pond in the 6800 block of W. Peck Road.
While the young boy, as well as an 8-year-old back seat female passenger, managed to jump from the golf cart before it crashed, 23-year-old Spencer Sowles was not so fortunate.
Sowles was wearing a seat belt at the time and was consequently stuck in the submerged golf cart. The children quickly ran to a nearby residence along South Lake Road to seek assistance.
A 26-year-old Montcalm Twp. resident, identified as Blake Doolittle, subsequently jumped into action, diving in the pond to unbuckle Sowles’ seat belt and retrieve him from the water.
Though family members tended to Sowles at the scene, pending the arrival of paramedics, he was eventually taken to United Memorial Hospital for treatment. Sowles was reportedly transferred to Blodgett Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Investigators are looking into whether a mechanical defect might have caused the golf cart’s accelerator pedal to become stuck. The probe is underway.
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