DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALA. (WALA)-A four-year-old boy is recovering after Dauphin Island Police said he was struck by a golf cart during their Mardi Gras parade.
David Mize and his son were on Bienville Boulevard near a three way stop, waiting on the Dauphin Island Mardi Gras parade to reach them when things took a scary turn.
Mize said, "I did what any other first responder would do. Quickly reacted to the situation trying to help that boy and save his life. The boy was not in the middle of the street at all. In the split of a second that kid went right beside me and the guy on the Cart could have been driving a little slower but due to the speed, that kid caught the side of it."
Mize said a man on a golf cart hit the boy who was standing on the side of the road. As soon as Mize saw it happen, he jumped into action.
"I commend a lot of the parents that were able to stop the cart and once I got under it, I saw the child’s foot was stuck in the axle so the other parents were able to pick up the car and I was able to remove his foot cautiously and held him in my arms and his parents ran to me and I went ahead and gave the child to the mother and went back to check on my son," said Mize.
Dauphin Island authorities said the boy suffered minor injuries but did stay in a local hospital overnight.
Mize said, "Luckily when I pulled him out he was still crying, alert and conscious, which is good."
As for the driver of the golf cart, Dauphin Island Police tell us he received several citations, including one for leaving the scene of an accident.