A Massachusetts man accused of shoving a woman to the ground in a Villages golf cart road rage incident has reportedly struck a deal to avoid criminal prosecution.
The 62-year-old snowbird has agreed to pay $660 in restitution to the woman, Villages-News reports. He will also take a six-hour online anger management class in exchange for prosecutors dropping the case, according to the local news outlet.
The incident reportedly occurred in early January in the area of Quartz Avenue in the Village of Dunedin. The man was driving a golf cart and passed the woman and her husband, traveling in separate carts. He then slammed his brakes and allegedly began following the couple.
“The couple stopped their golf carts in the middle of the roadway and [the man] pulled ahead and used his golf cart to block the path of the golf cart driven by the woman’s husband,” Villages-News reports. “The Massachusetts native pushed the woman to the surface of the roadway, causing an abrasion to her elbow. He got back in his golf cart and drove away.”
The man was arrested on a charge of battery. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and later released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Road Rage and Golf Carts Do Not Mix
A stunning 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the last 30 days, according to a study from the American Automobile Association.
That is a recipe for disaster. Aggressive driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents in Florida and across the country.
Anyone who is injured in a golf cart accident in The Villages or elsewhere across Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible.
The monetary damages typically available for people injured in golf cart accidents includes compensation for medical bills and property damage. Additional compensation may also be available for pain and suffering. In the tragic event that a person dies in a golf cart accident, his or her loved ones can seek similar damages for wrongful death.
Speak With a Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart or other crash, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced injury attorney. Villages golf cart accident lawyer Tim Babiarz has been fighting for people and families across the community for more than two decades.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout the area, including in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Villages golf cart accident attorney.