A freak buggy accident at a Rutland golf course led to a pensioner’s death, an inquest heard..
An 82-year-old, Roy Collins, had been searching for his ball on the fourth hole of Rutland Water Golf Course when the collision took place.
His friend Alan Luntley was driving the electric vehicle which hit Mr Collins, leaving him critically injured.
Mavis Luntley, the third player in the group, described how her husband drove into Mr Collins and ended up on top of him after he had just chipped out of a ditch, reports Mirror Online.
PC Jonathan Barlow, who took a brief statement from Mr Luntley, said: “He said that he was in a golf buggy as he came over a hill and he hit Roy.”
Mr Collins spent 15 minutes trapped underneath the buggy before being airlifted to hospital where he died four days later.
The inquest heard that police did not obtain a statement from Mr Luntley until 12 months after the accident.
Mr Collins’ younger brother Don Collins questioned whether Mr Luntley was fit to drive the buggy, which had been hired in his wife’s name.
He added: “It’s about the legacy of my brother. He was not due to die that day.
“It wasn’t his fault, it was somebody’s fault, but no-one is taking responsibility and I think that’s disgraceful.”
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Coroner Louise Pinder spoke directly to the younger borther after recording a conclusion of accidental death.
She said: “It doesn’t in any way diminish your views.
“It remains unclear with the evidence available to me precisely how the collision occurred.
“But it can’t be described as a deliberate act, and we all agree on that.”
Mr Collins, who was semi-retired, died last June at the course near his Uppingham home.
An inquest at Loughborough Coroners’ Court heard the only eyewitness account was from Mrs Luntley.
She said her husband decided to miss several holes because he felt tired as a result of ongoing chemotherapy.
Mrs Luntley added that when the buggy hit Mr Collins he fell and the front wheels went over him.
She told how despite being trapped underneath he remained calm and was calling for help.
She phoned the clubhouse and three people arrived to lift the buggy off him.
But he had suffered severe chest injuries which triggered the heart attack that in turn caused a fatal brain injury.
Sgt Darren Richardson gave evidence that the investigation into the death was “unnecessarily slow”.
He said: “From my opinion it was a poor investigation.”
Sgt Richardson said fears over the health of Mr Luntley – who was also taken to hospital following the accident – meant no statement was taken at the time.
He added: “The investigation wasn’t a smooth process for several reasons out of our control, but also for some that were within our control.”
When Mr Luntley was finally contacted on July 20 this year PC Barlow found him too unwell to make a formal statement.
He added: “He literally gave me a line, one sentence of what he could remember.”