Starr’s Mill teen hurt in PTC golf cart crash

A Starr’s Mill sophomore suffered a serious head injury Thursday, May 9, when the golf cart she was riding on wrecked in the Kedron Village area.

Janice Dominguez was riding on the rear of the cart when it careened off the path, according to her mother, Marlene Dominguez. Janice was flown by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where she was admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment.

Marlene Dominguez said her daughter had to have a hole drilled into her brain to reduce swelling and also had to be put on a breathing machine and kept heavily sedated. On Monday, the swelling on Janice’s brain had improved significantly and doctors were working on weaning her off the breathing machine, her mother said.

Marlene Dominguez said she was able to visit the crash site and she assumed the golf cart was going full speed when the crash occurred, based on where the golf cart ended off the path.

She hopes other parents in the city will see this story on her daughter and remind their young drivers to be cautious when driving golf carts because of the potential danger.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Marlene Dominguez said of her daughter’s injuries, which included a fractured back. Janice has improved to the point where she is coherent enough to try and pull her tubes out, which is a good sign, but the doctors also want to keep from moving her legs at this point to prevent paralysis, Marlene Dominguez said.

The police report on the crash was not available by press time Tuesday afternoon.

The aftermath of the crash and her daughter’s medical treatment meant that Marlene Dominguez spent Mother’s Day in the hospital. While it was not what the single mother had planned, she was also grateful that her daughter was alive and on the road to recovery.

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Jolly for PTC Mayor

Using this tragedy as a crude campaign issue for mayor is despicable and it clearly shows your total lack of judgment.

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Poor taste and offensive.

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Prayers for family,, and insurance reminder

My prayers go out to their family and in hopes of a speedy recovery.

This is another instance where I remind people the safety and cheapness of golf cart insurance.

I pay $12 a year through State Farm for Golf Cart Insurance...Why I have a nephew who is old enough to drive and still learning to drive. God forbid he run off the path into oncoming traffic and into a ditch head on. The insurance is a life line to help pay the expenses that would come into play. It also protects me, because in Peachtree City the owner of the Golf Cart is responsible for the actions of the operator of the Golf Cart. Even if I am not present on the vehicle. I want to make sure all those who might be injured get help and to protect myself and family from financial ruin in case of the worse case scenarios.

Remember Golf Carts are just like cars and should be driven safely and correctly.

Lets get out and vote for the Right Choice this November. Vote Jolly for Peachtree City Mayor.

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Golf Cart crash driver

was 15 years old. Overloaded cart (with kids). Will be charged with driving with passengers not allowed. Dominguez's have no health insurance.

Per Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Governors on the golf carts

My EZGO has one. It will not just continue speeding up on a downhill. I would not have it any ither way. It is very comforting, the brakes are not all that great on these thingsvwhen carrying more thsn two folks.

That said, an adult almost hit my car on my street with her cart, she was texting and was paying attention to nothing. My horn finally got her attention. Point is, children follow their parents example in many ways.

Be careful.

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seatbelts on golf carts

When I bought my cart I asked for a seat belt to be added to it - I then had to sign a liability waiver.......no seat belt - no waiver

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Careened off the path

I hope a speedy recovery for the young lady.

Now I am curious on what the police report stated as the cause.

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Youth

spring fever

speed

cell phone

texting

multiple teens on cart

youth

Yes, a speedy recovery and a brighter future

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Aren't those golf carts supposed to have seat belts?

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No, they are not. There was an elderly parent of a city council member here who was in an accident, and their cart tipped over on them. With those 6 batteries under the seat, most underestimate how dangerous the cart can be. From what I remember, the driver was trapped under the cart and suffered severe burns from the battery acid. I am sure no seat belt was involved, but I cannot imagine fighting with a seat belt to get out from under a cart when battery acid is burning your skin. Some will disagree with that, but makes sense to me. I would never use a seat belt.

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MLC-seat belts

The seat belt issue was discussed somewhere a few years ago. The consensus seemed to be that golf cart seat belts would cause more injuries than not. Better to be thrown clear that be in it when it crashes or rolls. That said I've seen some carts with seat belts on the rear seat intended for small children

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I have, too. Mostly around the 4th of July by those who only use the cart a few times a year and have no clue. Those same drive them with the babies and toddlers in their lap and think it's so grown up.
I would never, ever allow a small child on the back without an adult there with them. They just can't sit still. They bounce around easily, too. Trying to pull an injured child out from under a cart while hooked into a belt would be awful. I don't worry about my driving, it's avoiding those who don't follow any rules of golf cart etiquette that I worry about.

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keeping your speed down and staying on the path

helps too.

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How's your H2O? Better?

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Still stinks here..

Wife won't wash clothes with it. Thinking of using my pool and a scrub board. Water is much cleaner.

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Sorry

To hear it. Pool water smell ...aka Eau de Chlorine:)

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Not if you balance your pool correctly...

I will say that mine is about perfect. Now only if it would warm up past the low 70's water temp. :)

Why can't they fix the water?

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Well

I look at it this way. If you really don't know what caused the stink, you just don't know how to fix it, I reckon.

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Clueless

my thoughts also.

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Moe,

Excellent point. Perhaps we should alert Ralph Nader about this!!!! :-)

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Cy, yes, there's an idea

Maybe Ralph could help design a PTC edition cart!