Authorities have confirmed that a third North Carolina family member died when their golf cart was struck by an impaired driver who drove over the center line and hit them head-on.
Jada Marlowe (13 years old) died Monday, after she was taken off life support. Savannah Boltz, her mother, posted on Facebook. “Sweet Jada, go rest high on that mountain,”The mother was devastated and wrote this.
The girl’s father, 39-year-old Michael Marlowe, and her 5-year-old brother, Bentley Michael Marlowe, died at the scene on June 13 on a two-lane road in Statesville, authorities said.
Amy Mills, Teagan Murphy (16), and Bailey Marlowe (22) were both also hurt in the accident. Officials confirmed that Michael Marlowe was driving a cart. The six people were hit at about 9:40 p.m. by a Honda Accord driven by Austin Ray Harmon, 23, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
According to online jail records, Harmon was charged with driving while impaired and felony death by automobile. He also faces three counts of felony serious injuries by vehicle. The records stated that Harmon is currently being held on $310,000 bail with his first court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Prosecutors indicated that additional charges would be brought against Jada Marlowe following her death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in memory of the father and son, aged 5 years.
“You can feel the heaviness in the community around pretty much everybody,”Sharon Chambers, a friend of the family, told WBTV. “It’s just an overwhelming heaviness of sorrow for them and their family.”
“Impaired driving is dangerous for not only the driver but also everyone else on the highway,” Trooper Jeffrey Swagger of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told the station last week.
“The popularity of golf carts is a great way for people to get outside and enjoy their communities. However, they can also be dangerous if cars and golf carts occupy the same area,” the trooper said.