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Percenti was celebrating her birthday in April 2013 when she was knocked unconscious and blood "began gushing" from her skull, she says in the lawsuit.
"Soon thereafter, defendant Rooker walked up to the backyard of the property looking for his ball," the 28-page complaint states. "He had been playing Hole 1 on defendant Grey Rock's golf course. Plaintiff's son-in-law told defendant Rooker that his golf ball had hit plaintiff in the head and directed him to the ball, which was covered in blood. Defendant Rooker wiped plaintiff's blood off of his ball and continued playing his golf game."
Source: Courthouse News
Percenti says that after the incident, it was discovered that the tee box for Hole 1 had been changed due to construction, increasing the number of times golf balls would be struck near and into her property.
I wonder if the Judge is an avid golfer...
I liken living along a golf course to having a house past the end of a rifle range, just plain dangerous.
Anyway, I think I'd feel compelled to offer whatever help I could and show some regret. The mental image is hard to believe happening that way, but it's an official statement as a court case.
First, I find it difficult to understand how a golf ball became covered in blood from knocking out a person. Given the nature of this accident, it seems the ball would have had to entered her skull cavity in order to acquire the blood. It's safe to assume the ball likely hit the victim, then bounced off her head. Her head then began to bleed. Of course, she may have fallen next to the ball covering it with blood.
More importantly, it remains unclear if the player received a penalty stroke for picking up the ball and dropping it. I would guess he did because the location this occurred is probably considered out of bounds. In this case, the golfer was likely agitated by the penalty stroke, which may have led to his callous behavior of not attending to the unconscious victim.
At the end of the day, I believe if you choose to live near/on a golf course, you are aware and accept the potential consequences. Imagine living at the end of an airport runway and something goes wrong.
USGA Rules and Decisions:
19-1. By Outside Agency (Any agency other than either the player’s or opponent’s side, any caddie of either side, any ball played by either side at the hole being played or any equipment of either side,)
If a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency, it is a rub of the green, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, except:
a. If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke other than on the putting green comes to rest in or on any moving or animate outside agency, the ball must through the green or in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting green be placed, as near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball came to rest in or on the outside agency, but not nearer the hole, and
b. If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency, except a worm, insect or the like, the stroke is canceled. The ball must be replaced and replayed.
27-1. Stroke and Distance; Ball Out of Bounds; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes
b. Ball Out of Bounds
If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5)
The problem is the woman who got knocked unconscious was not the primary concern.
What kind of heartless animatron would walk away from an injured person whether it was their fault or not?
Failure to aid an injured person should be a crime.