Palmetto Bay

12-year-old boy critically hurt in golf cart accident needs blood

A blood drive is being held Tuesday to collect A+ and O blood for Devin Bennar, the 12-year-old boy critically injured in the July 4 golf cart accident in Palmetto Bay.

The drive will be from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. at Perrine Elementary School, 8851 SW 168th St., one mile from the corner of Southwest 170th Street and 79th Place. That’s where Devin and four other passengers were ejected from a golf cart around 12:45 p.m. last Monday after cart driver Sabrina Acuna, 16, according to Miami-Dade Police, ran a stop sign. Nancy Gonzalez, driving a Dodge Caliber, hit the front of the cart, causing it to flip. All of the golf cart’s passengers were ages 2 to 16.

Devin and Sabrina were critically injured. The other children were treated and released at the scene. Gonzalez was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Palmetto Bay requires all golf carts be registered with the village before being street legal. Golf cart drivers have to have a valid driver’s license. Safety belts are among the equipment mandatory for registration in Palmetto Bay and the village’s website reminds residents, “all riders must be seatbelted.”

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

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