Over $30k Raised For Victims Of Fatal Golf Cart Accident

Two GoFundMe pages set up to help the families of victims in a fatal North Carolina golf cart crash have raised thousands

An image of one of the GoFundMe pages
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Following the tragic news that two people had died in a golf cart accident in Statesville, North Carolina, leaving four others critically injured, two GoFundMe pages have been set up to help support the family of the victims, with around $34,000 raised in just 24 hours.

The incident, which occurred on Monday night, involved an intoxicated Honda Accord driver, whose car collided head-on with a golf cart carrying six family members near Statesville, North Carolina. The driver of the cart, 39-year-old Michael Shane Marlowe, died at the scene along with his five-year-old son, Bentley. Four other family members who were passengers on the cart were critically injured, including the driver’s daughter, Jada. 

One of the GoFundMe pages (opens in new tab) was set up by family friend Amber Boutot to help raise funds towards “medical bills, services expenses, and anything else the family might need in this time”. It has raised almost $18,000 at the time of writing. The other page (opens in new tab), titled Jada’s Journey, explains the extent of her injuries. There have been over $16,000 in donations to the page so far. 

The injured – who are aged between two and 26 – were transported by helicopters to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Austin Ray Harmon of Statesville, was uninjured. He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, two counts of felony death by vehicle, and three counts of felony serious injury by vehicle.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.