Two people were killed Monday night when a car driven by an allegedly drunk driver struck a golf cart in Iredell County. The Highway Patrol reports that the fatal collision occurred on Fort Dobbs Road in a residential area northwest of Statesville.
HIWAY PATROL UPDATE: In reference to the fatal collision on June 13th in Iredell County on Fort Dobbs Road, an additional passenger from the golf cart has died. Jada Marlowe, 13, of Statesville, passed away on Monday, June 20. Additional charges against Austin Harmon, the driver of the Honda, are pending the ongoing investigation and continued consultation with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office.
A 2009 Honda Accord was traveling west on Ford Dobbs Road, crossed the centerline, and collided with a golf cart that was traveling east.
The driver of the golf cart, Michael Shane Marlowe, 39, of Statesville, and a 5-year-old passenger, Bentley Marlowe, succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Four passengers on the golf cart, ages 2, 13, 16, and 26, were critically injured and transported by medical helicopters to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
The driver of the Honda, Austin Ray Harmon, 23, of Statesville, was not injured. Harmon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, two counts of felony death by vehicle, and three counts of felony serious injury by vehicle.
[Lincoln Herald addendum: The speed limit on Fort Dobbs Road, where the tragedy occurred, is 45 mph. It's a road in a neighborhood similar to Country Club Road in Lincolnton. Different cities and counties have differing laws related to use of golf carts on streets and roads, but while Lincolnton allows golf carts on city streets, use of them is subject to certain restrictions. Golf carts limited to those streets within the city limits which have a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less; they may not be operated on the following streets or roadways regardless of the speed limit: (a) Any part of Main Street Hwy 27 from Flint Street east to the city limits; any portion of US 321 or any portion of Generals Blvd. If operated at night, they must have headlights and tail lights. Golf carts are also legal on certain residential roads in Lincoln County, but only on designated roads where the speed limit is less than 35 mph.]