Car damaged by golf cart in hit-and-run

- Police in Rock Hill are investigating an unusual hit and run case. They say the driver of a blue and white striped golf cart hit a Chevy Malibu and left the scene.

“I was more surprised that it was a golf cart and when I looked at the car before he left, I was just surprised that the golf cart did all of that,” said 18-year old Jaywen Westbrook, who was driving the Chevy.

Westbrook said just before 3:30 Monday afternoon he was leaving a friend’s house when a man driving a golf cart about 30 miles per hour hit his car and took off. The broken pieces of the Chevy were still in the street at the corner of Estes Dr. and Herlong Ave.

“As I pulled out, I pulled out straight getting ready to turn left. The golf cart just comes at me blue and white, hits me. I pull into the median he pulls over in the street right there on Estes Street.”

According to Westbrook the suspect jumped out of the golf cart, picked up his items that flew out in the collision and took off without ever even looking at him.

“I ran back to the car, tried to get back in the car to follow him, couldn’t because it was like broken pieces under the car. The car wasn’t really moving so I parked it.”

Westbrook said he tried to chase the suspect down but he was gone. The Chevy has about $1500 in damages including a broken headlight, grill and damage to the bumper. Westbrook believes the golf cart driver should pay for the damages.

According to Rock Hill police, golf carts are only to be driven during daylight hours within four miles of the address on the registration certificate and only on a secondary highway or street where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.

Golf carts may cross a highway or street at an intersection where the highway has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour. Golf cart drivers must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and have with them a registration certificate and proof of insurance.

He described the golf cart and the driver to FOX 46: “Blue and white stripes on the top, baby blue. But other than that it wasn’t anything special about it. Caucasian man, white hair, a hat. He had like a haystack hat.”

Westbrook wants justice and hopes anyone with information will call Rock Hill police.

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