HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Emergency crews airlifted one person early Monday morning after a golf cart going the wrong way down Highway 90 collided with a car, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The golf cart driver was flown to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, where his condition was listed as fair Monday afternoon.
SCHP officials say the accident occurred around 2 a.m. near Old Altman Road. The driver of a Chevy Cavalier attempted to avoid the golf cart, according to authorities, but was unable and hit the cart in an "offset, head-on" manner.
Highway Patrol said reports from the scene indicate that the driver of the dark green golf cart, a 19-year-old man, had been using a flashlight as a headlight for the vehicle. Officials said following the accident the golf cart driver was seen attempting to crawl in the woods.
A spokesperson for the SCHP says golf carts are not allowed on primary highways at any time. Golf carts also are not legal mode of transportation after between sunset and sunrise. Even with a permit, they say carts must be within two miles of the permit holder's home and on secondary roads only.
People who live in the nearby neighborhood off Old Altman Road said golf carts are popular in the area. They are often used to visit neighbors throughout the community.
"I just can't image why someone would have it out there because Highway 90 is dangerous anyway," said Dwight Jenkins, who lives in the area.
In addition to wondering why the teenager drove on Highway 90, some people in the community wondered if it was connected to a reported golf cart theft.
Just a few hours after the collision Teddy Lewis and his mother found that her golf cart was not in her driveway where she left it. They reported it stolen.
"Well I sort of knew when I heard it on the news it was involved in an accident," Lewis said. "I just sort of knew it wasn't missing - sort of put two and two together."
Lewis said he had the opportunity to see the wrecked golf cart, and he is sure that it is his mother's. Police have not said if there is a connection.
Horry County Police and the Highway Patrol said they would have to coordinate the report on the theft with the collision report to confirm if the wrecked golf cart had been stolen.
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