Golfer dies after crashing motor scooter at golf course in Cornwall

Roy Morris, aged 79, died five days after he crashed his personal motor scooter on August 9 at Whitsand Bay Golf Club, suffering injuries to his head and neck.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2022
Golfer dies after crashing motor scooter at golf course in Cornwall

A 79-year-old man sadly died after accidentally crashing his personal motor scooter while taking a bend at Whitsand Bay Golf Club near Torpoint in Cornwall.

As reported by Devon Live, Roy Morris, who lived at Bluebell Close in Saltash, passed away at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth on August 14, five days after his crash on the golf course. An inquest was opened today into Mr Morris' death.

Senior coroner Ian Arrow reported from Plymouth Coroner's Court that Mr Morris was divorced and a retired employee of the RAF. The incident took place on August 9 when Mr Morris was driving his motor scooter around a corner at the golf club.

With his golf clubs attached to the back of the cart, he fell off his scooter around the bend and hit his head and neck on a rock. The inquest said that the paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene and took him to Derriford hospital.

Despite the hospital's best efforts to save his life, Mr Morris sadly died on August 14 at 12.40 am. The cause of his death was confirmed as a cervical spinal cord injury as well as a cervical spinal fracture from an accidental fall.

The inquest was then adjourned. A file is due to be prepared for another hearing, a full hearing, which will be held at a later date.

Whitsand Bay Golf Club was established in 1905 and it was designed by Fernie of Troon. It is an 18-hole course which overlooks Whitsand Bay on a cliff-top.