KSDK, a local television station, reports that 39-year-old Raymond Ridinger of Springfield and a friend were operating the go-carts at night near the James River Freeway.
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Highway Patrol officers say that Ridinger's cart was being towed by that of his friend's when the friend reportedly slowed down to make a turn. However, despite slowing down, the cart being steered by Ridinger continued to move forward and was struck by an oncoming pick-up truck, investigators said.
Authorities said that Ridinger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while the other go-cart operator and the driver of the pick-up truck were not injured in the collision.
Still, police arrested the 27-year-old driver of the pick-up truck and are reportedly expected to apply for warrants to charge him.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Patrol Trooper Mike Adams said the go-carts did not have headlights or taillights.