Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Reinert was on the 18th tee at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 6, when a car crashed into him. It left the 61-year-old in shock and with a series of injuries.
"I just saw him take off, and I couldn’t believe it happened to me," Reinert told the Greensboro Record. "I thought, I must be dreaming."
What on Earth was a speeding car doing on a golf course? The driver, Isaiah Jurel Fox, was trying to flee police after a crime spree that begin earlier that day with a theft at a TJ Maxx and involved nine crime scenes and six victims. Fox wound up crashing a stolen car on the course shortly after hitting Reinert and was eventually caught. He's currently in custody with a $2.1 million bail and facing 32 charges.
Back to Reinert, 61, the poor guy was just happy to be back on the course after a week of rain. He usually only played nine holes, but the excitement of being back out there and the fact he was playing well convinced him to play the back nine. He was about to finish off a good round when he looked down at his cellphone to check his email. He heard a car accelerating, but by the time he looked back up, it was too late.
Reinert suffered two broken kneecaps, a broken left femur, torn ligaments, and an injured shoulder, which doctors think will keep him from playing golf for a year. We wish we could add "depriving a golfer of playing golf" as a 33rd charge to Fox's rap sheet. Reinert hopes to get back out there earlier and has already set an ambitious goal of lowering his handicap from a 14 to an 8 when he does. We're rooting for you, Kevin!