A man and his five-year-old son are dead after a 23-year-old man driving a car reportedly swerved and crashed into a golf cart on Monday, June 13, in North Carolina.

The victims were identified as 39-year-old Michael Marlowe and his son Bentley. Arrested in connection with the incident is Austin Ray Harmon.

The 23-year-old suspect is now under the custody of authorities who claim he was impaired when he swerved into the wrong lane on Monday.

At the time, Marlowe and his son were traveling east in a golf cart when Harmon, coming in from the west on his 2009 Honda Accord, crossed a center line and struck the cart.

“Golf carts are a fun recreational activity for folks to get out and go for a ride, but when that mixes with a collision with a vehicle, the end is often tragic,” State Trooper Jeffrey Swagger stated via WSOC-TV.

It was added that it was not only the father and son who ended up as casualties from the mishap. Four other passengers in the cart were critically injured. They were taken to a nearby hospital via helicopter for medical treatment.

Three of the injured individuals were minors, including a two-year-old.

The father and the son died at the scene.

Harmon is facing charges of driving while impaired, two counts of felony death by vehicle, and three counts of felony serious injury by vehicle. The 23-year-old man’s bond has been set at $250,000.

Bentley’s teacher spoke about the young victim and said he was a sweet, sweet boy in a report by WRAL.

“[He was] just a child who really got along well with all of his peers and [brought] just a little bit of sunshine every day,” Anita Craver said.

Two separate GoFundMe drives have been established to assist with the medical expenses of the crash survivors.

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