Kevin Reinert had little time to react. He turned to see a car accelerating at him while he was on the 18th tee at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., on Oct. 6.
The 61-year-old knew he couldn't avoid a collision, so he did what his military training from 28 years in the service taught him to do: jump as his as he could into the car. When the car, driven by 27-year-old Isaiah Fox, hit Reinert, the victim flew some 20 feet before hitting the ground.
"I equate it to a batter facing a 100 mph fastball," Reinert said, according to WGHP-TV. "You really can't get out of the way, so you do what you can. I knew to jump over the vehicle."
Reinert suffered a broken left femur and knee caps, torn ligaments and tendons, as well injuries to his right arm.
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Fox turned onto the golf course in an attempt to evade police, who were trying to capture him after he was alleged to have gone on a crime spree at nine different locations in the Greensboro area, victimizing at least six people. After Fox struck Reinert, he crashed the car into a bridge some 100 yards down the 18th hole, then took off on foot. Ultimately, police officers got into a showdown with Fox, shooting him several miles away from the country club. He is now in jail with bail set at $2.1 million, according to the Greensboro News & Record. Fox claims not to remember what he did, saying he was drugged.
Doctors at Moses Cone Hospital, where Reinert was taken and his wife and daughter work as nurses, have told the golfer that he should be able to play golf again within a year.