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      Go cart driver condition stabilized after being hit by SUV

      APD responded to a go cart versus SUV accident yesterday evening, but say the go cart driver's condition has stabilized.

      APD responded to a go cart versus SUV accident yesterday evening, but say the go cart driver's condition has stabilized.

      At 7:31 p.m. on Aug. 18, Amarillo police officers were dispatched to the intersection of S. Belleview and Line Ave. on a motor vehicle crash.

      Upon arrival, they discovered a go cart driven by a juvenile had been southbound on Belleview when it pulled out in front of a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe that had been westbound on Line Ave.

      The driver of the go cart was struck by the SUV, and taken to the hospital with life threatning injuries. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 19, the driver's condition had stabilized. A juvenile passenger in the go cart was uninjured.

      The driver of the Hyundai, Joann Ramirez Flores, 44, of Amarillo was uninjured, as was her passenger, Leslie Ann Elizabeth Walker, 24.

      The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.

      APD said that go carts and other small motorized vehicles that are illegally operated on the street pose a special hazard to drivers and operators because they're below the normal line of sight for drivers, lack protection for operators, and young operators often have no knowledge of traffic laws.

      Officers can issue citations to juveniles illegally driving on streets and to adult that permit the activity.