PEACHTREE CITY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -
Amy Hill said she was out training for an Iron Man competition on a beautiful Saturday in October when a 15-year-old driving a golf cart pulled out in front of her while riding her bike.
“I noticed a golf cart that was on the road, and it was coming towards me, I guess it was attempting to make a left-hand turn,” Hill said. “I made an audible warning to this person that was driving to ‘watch out, I am coming, please don’t cut in front of me.’ Before I knew what happened, we impacted. I fell to the pavement.”
The injuries to Hill’s body were extensive. She had multiple stitches in her left hand from road burn, stitches in her right knee, a bruised right forearm and up her right thigh she has a giant black bruise from making impact on the cart.
“The pain was excruciating. It was absolutely horrible. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody,” Hill said.
Peachtree City police charged the driver with failure to yield. According to the incident report, the driver of the golf cart went to make a left into a parking lot when she pulled out in front of the bicyclist.
Hill said she was on her bicycle traveling at roughly 26 mph. For more than a year, Hill said she’s trained for an Iron Man competition. The upcoming event this weekend would have been her third.
“My race is over,” Hill said. “I have been working so hard for this and it is all over. You spend a year [training], it is a big dream, and now it is gone because of someone’s carelessness.”
Hill believes the inexperience of the driver operating the golf cart contributed to the crash. Peachtree City allows 15-year-olds with a valid learner’s permit to drive without an adult. Youths aged 12 to 14 can drive a golf cart as long as a parent guardian is with them. Hill would like to see more regulations in place for any driver under 16.
“This could have been definitely avoided, definitely avoided,” Hill said. “I would like to see some sort of test or something, a permit to drive the golf carts.”
Hill is not anti-golf carts, she just wants other drivers to learn from her injury so it doesn’t happen to someone else. Since Hill went public with her story, she said she’s received a lot of hateful comments. Hill wanted to stress that her goal is to raise awareness, not start a war between golf cart drivers and bicyclists.
Hill said she enjoys riding her bike for fun and also riding to help others. In 2012, she raised $3,000 during a 24-hour ride to benefit the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Hill said she doesn’t know when she will be able to ride her bike again because a doctor still needs to perform more tests on her knee. Hill said it was fractured from the impact against the golf cart.
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