Two people from Melbourne were critically injured in a hit-and-run when a pickup truck crashed into their golf cart near Melbourne Monday evening, highway patrol troopers said.
A 48-year-old Melbourne man was driving a golf cart north on Harlock Road with his 17-year-old son when a pickup truck ran into the back of the cart at about 9 p.m. Monday, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.
Under state law, golf carts can be driven on county roads, municipal streets or two-lane county roads that local governments determined to be safe for golf cart travel.
Both the father and son were thrown from the golf cart, and the pickup truck fled the crash, which occurred just north of the intersection of Lake Washington Road and Harlock Road, troopers said.
The father and son were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
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FHP did not release the names of the father and son involved in the crash, citing Marsy’s Law, passed in 2018.
Introduced in memory of a young woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Marsy’s Law was created to offer crime victims a slate of rights, including protecting them and their families from harassment by their attackers.
Some law enforcement officials have interpreted the statute as applying to any victim, as well as to law enforcement officers being entitled to privacy and having their identity protected.
Troopers were searching Tuesday for a white pickup truck. Based on security footage, they believe it may be a Chevy Silverado from 2014 or later, and it appears to have a large tool box across the back window. The truck also may be towing a small trailer.
Anyone with information is asked to call Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Hit-and-run near Melbourne have troopers searching for a pickup truck