Miami-Dade County

Two children in critical condition after golf cart, car collide

Two of the five children riding in a golf cart were in critical condition Monday after the cart and a car collided in Palmetto Bay, according to Miami-Dade police.

The five children, ranging from 2 to 16 years old, were driving west in a golf cart on Southwest 170th Street about 12:45 p.m. when the cart’s driver, a 16-year-old girl, ran a stop sign, police said. A gray Dodge Caliber driving north on Southwest 79th Place, which did not have a stop sign, hit the front of the golf cart. The golf cart flipped, and all five children were thrown from the cart. The Caliber hit a fire hydrant.

The 16-year-old driver remains in critical condition at Jackson South. A 12-year-old boy, who was sitting in the backseat, was in critical condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, police said.

The other three passengers — a 10-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy — were treated at the accident scene and sent home to their families.

The driver of the Dodge sedan, 57-year-old Nancy Gonzalez, remained at the accident scene after the collision and was treated for minor injuries.

“Whether in a golf cart or a vehicle, we remind everyone to be cognizant and drive safe,” Miami-Dade Detective Robin Pinkard said at the accident scene.

The two younger girls and the boy who was critically injured are related. Pinkard said it has yet to be determined if the 16-year-old driver had a license and if the five children were wearing seat belts.

The investigation is ongoing. As of Monday evening, no one had been charged.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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