Man in coma after fall from golf cart; driver faces charges

Russell Andrew Prewitt (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff’s Office)

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Russell Andrew Prewitt (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff’s Office)

A Walton County man remained in a coma Tuesday, two weeks after falling from a golf cart driven by an alleged intoxicated driver.

Jason Hunter Jones of Monroe went into a coma after his head hit the pavement on Rat Kinney Road on July 29, according to a Barrow County Sheriff’s report obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald.

The driver of the cart, Russell Andrew Prewitt, 44, of Statham, was charged with driving under the influence and serious injury by vehicle, deputies told the newspaper. Prewitt was arrested the night of the incident and released from jail Aug. 3 on an $11,500 bond.

The deputy interviewed Prewitt, who said he was driving the electric cart on the road when he and Jones located a street sign in the yard of a new house, according to the report. Jones picked up the sign, which was connected to a post, and they were returning to Prewitt’s home when the pole hit the ground and it vaulted Jones from the cart and he landed on his head, deputies said.

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