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Teen airlifted to Jacksonville hospital after falling off golf cart in St. Johns County

Friends of the victim told First Coast News that Luke Tabor, 14, was on the golf cart when he fell, hit his head and had a seizure.

UPDATE: First Coast News has learned that the teen is now awake and doctor's say that he has no signs of brain injury. He is moving all of his body parts on his own.


A mother says her teenage son is in a medically induced coma Tuesday evening after he fell off of a golf cart in Northwest St. Johns County.

The incident happened on Woodcross Drive, the sheriff's office said. Six juveniles were reportedly riding in a golf cart while shooting off fireworks when of them fell out of the cart and hit his head.

Witnesses on scene told First Coast News the victim is 14-year-old Luke Tabor.

Friends of Tabor said he suffered a seizure after hitting his head.

Jacob Akel, who was also riding on the golf cart said Tabor's Mother wanted to share one message to the community.

"The parent just wanted me to say one thing," Jacob said. "Just pray for her son, Luke." 

Wolfson Children's Hospital says Tabor arrived as a trauma patient in critical condition. 

Back in May, the sheriff's office warned that golf carts can only be operated by persons 14 years old or older. Juveniles that are 16 years of age or younger without a driver's license cannot drive a golf cart from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

Juveniles who are 17 years old without a driver's license cannot operate a golf cart from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

As of 11:30 Tuesday night, a family friend said Tabor remains in an induced coma. He is expected to pull through, however. 

Stay with First Coast News for more updates on this developing story.

REMINDER: You have to be 14 years old to operate a Golf Cart, and possess a photo ID. Anyone under the age of 14 is prohibited from driving a golf cart on any road.
There are age restrictions on golf carts, moreso than just needing to be 14 to operate one. Do you know the law? Here's a refresher: #GolfCartSafety

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