Charlie Hall, age 12, was riding in a go-cart with his sixteen year old brother, Christopher Hall, at a speed of about 30 miles per hour when Christopher lost control of the vehicle. According to witnesses, he slammed on the brakes to avoid a pothole, which caused the go-cart to flip, ejecting Charlie. Another passenger in the go-cart, 15-year-old Nitira Bazemore, was also ejected in the crash.
According to Palm Bay Traffic Homicide Investigator, Jennifer Cordeau, Charlie was up and walking around after the crash, but suffered cardiac arrest and died on the way to the hospital. The other two children suffered only minor injuries. You can read more about this tragic go-cart accident at Palm Bay Child Killed In Go-Cart Accident.
Over 15,000 go-cart/fun-kart related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year. Children under 15 years of age suffer about 65 percent of these injuries. When children are allowed to operate a motor vehicle, such as a go-cart or all-terrain vehicle (ATV), it is vital that they are provided with proper instruction, rules and adult supervision. Adults should check surface conditions, inspect the vehicle’s state of repair, and monitor the vehicle’s speed. Some go-cart and ATV accidents are not preventable, while others can be avoided with slower driving, better choice of surface areas, careful attention to weather conditions and visibility, and other safety measures.