Campus goers may have noticed that a door in A Building is bolted with a piece of plywood. On Feb. 5, at approximately 12:20 p.m., a golf cart crashed into the door and shattered the glass.
The cart was driven by an employee of Aramark, a food vending company that services Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), and the cart is owned by the company.
“It all appears just to have been an accident,” said Maj. Carlos Llorens, Deputy Chief of Police. “We’re just thankful nobody was injured.”
“They said they hit the break and it didn’t seem to stop, and they rolled up and struck it [the door].”
The Globe has not yet confirmed the identity of the driver, but Llorens said he believes it was a female and that there were likely passengers on board.
“It could be a little while” before the door is fixed, he said, because “the door may have to be specially ordered.”
Incidents involving golf carts are not terribly uncommon on campus.
“I’ve been here ten years, and we’ve had all kinds of little golf cart accidents,” Llorens said.
“I remember about five years ago, we had one that broke a window, not a door like that one. . . . It might have been over in H Building, but it was just someone backing up. Well, they thought they were going to go forward, and they went into reverse.”
Drivers are trained on how to safely operate the carts, he said, “but it’s just one of those things that happens.”
Golf carts do not have to be traveling particularly fast to cause serious damage, largely because the front of each cart is equipped with a metal bull bar, which explains why the cart itself is mostly unscathed.