PROVO, Utah, July 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a 46-year-old Provo man who died Tuesday night after he lost control of the homemade go-kart he was driving and crashed.
The deceased has been identified as Chad Norton, Provo Police Department officials said in a tweet Wednesday morning.
Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King told Gephardt Daily that officers were dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. to an accident at 750 S. Meadow Drive in The Boulders apartment complex.
Upon arrival, they learned that the man had been driving an adult-size, home-built type of go-kart, apparently at high speed, southbound on 700 West.
The go-kart hit a speed bump, went out of control and slammed into a curb.
The vehicle broke apart, and the man was ejected, resulting in extensive injuries.
On arrival, officers as well as medical personnel gave aid to Norton.
He was transported in critical condition to Utah Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
King said it appeared that the victim was not wearing a helmet or any protective gear, and didn’t have any type of seatbelt or other restraint in the go-kart.
“I can’t say for sure that a seatbelt would have prevented injuries,” she said, “but it’s always a good idea to have safety equipment in place, just in case. Even when an activity is fun, it can be dangerous if something goes wrong.”