Charges filed following crash into Joyride cart on Tuscaloosa ‘Strip’, two University of Alabama students injured

Published 6:17 am Monday, May 3, 2021

According to the Tuscaloosa Police Department, a Holt man is facing serious felony charges following a crash on the “Strip” that injured two University of Alabama students Friday night.

William Brown, 32, wrecked his Jeep Cherokee into a van and a Joyride golf cart at 10:30 p.m. Saturday morning, authorities announced that he has been charged with first and second-degree assault. An investigation for a potential DUI charge is still ongoing.

After hearing a loud crash and seeing smoke in the air, a TPD officer working the “Strip” rushed to the scene. When he arrived, the officer found two victims on the ground with serious injuries. A Joyride cart was pinned between two vehicles.

Joyride is a service that provides transportation in high density areas such as downtowns & college campuses. The company uses street legal, open-air carts — similar to golf cart — for their fleet.

Law enforcement determined that Brown had been speeding through the Publix parking lot prior to running a stop sign and entering University Boulevard and causing the accident.

The victims, an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, are being treated for serious injuries at DCH Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Joyride cart later went to the hospital for treatment of less serious injuries. The driver of the van did not appear to be injured.

The first-degree assault charge is related to the severity of the woman’s injuries. The second-degree charge is related to the man’s injuries.