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Golfer killed by falling tree branch identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:27 p.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014


The Medical Examiner's office has identified the 55-year-old Japanese visitor who died Wednesday at Leilehua Golf Course after being hit on the head by a tree branch as Shigeru Iwamoto.

An autopsy will be done on Iwamoto, of Katata, Japan, to determine cause of death.

The incident occurred at 11:45 a.m. in Wahiawa while the man was golfing on the first tee. Paramedics took the man to a hospital where he died.

The golf course was closed until further notice, and the matter is being investigated, according to the Army, which owns and operates the facility.






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busterb wrote:
Auwe. RIP
on January 23,2014 | 06:58AM
cojef wrote:
What a way to go! On the golf course! Would like to go that way for sure. Lucky guy.
on January 23,2014 | 07:53AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
Your wish is my command bro.
on January 23,2014 | 09:57AM
honopic wrote:
Like! Tee off when he's on the fairway and yell "Fore" after you nail him.
on January 24,2014 | 10:12AM
JFSD wrote:
Too young. RIP
on January 23,2014 | 07:58AM
awahana wrote:
Sad. Tragic. Someone enjoying paradise shouldn't be in that situation.
Maybe no trees by the tee off would be a good remedial solution. To learn from this and prevent any future tragedies.
on January 23,2014 | 08:35AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
and then what?? no trees in the fairway, no trees in the parking lot. how about no trees period !!!! cut down all the trees everywhere !! they're dangerous !
on January 23,2014 | 11:28AM
scooters wrote:
No, keep the tress but maintain them. Cut backs on personnel caused this. And what was the Course Attendant doing all year? He or she should have known what trees needed pruning. But then gain, they once killed all the grass on the greens do to using the WRONG weed killer!
on January 23,2014 | 02:36PM
KammyKam wrote:
You idiots. Have you ever been to this golf course. Trees are everywhere, Impossible to know which ones will fall or not. Just a freak tragic accident.
on January 23,2014 | 02:44PM
kiragirl wrote:
Who you calling idiots? Seems like you don't know anything about maintaining trees!
on January 23,2014 | 05:55PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
kiragirl, maybe the high winds would've knocked down a well-maintained tree's branch. You think?
on January 24,2014 | 08:44AM
KammyKam wrote:
kiragirl is living in la la land, where she thinks every tree/branch can be maintained on a golf course. GET REAL
on January 24,2014 | 09:43AM
KammyKam wrote:
You are if you think every damn tree/branch on a golf course can be maintained.
on January 24,2014 | 09:41AM
KammyKam wrote:
YOU!!
on January 24,2014 | 09:42AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Kammy, totally agree, especially with the high winds we experienced.
on January 24,2014 | 08:46AM
kiragirl wrote:
Hopefully all golf courses or places where there are tall trees, trees will be periodically inspected for breakage and in addition those places be closed in high wind conditions. But of course, doubt it because of the lost of revenue. Make something good happen because of this unless government needs to intervene.
on January 23,2014 | 08:39AM
littleyoboboy wrote:
just a tragic accident, period. no monday morning quarterbacks needed.
on January 23,2014 | 11:30AM
KammyKam wrote:
Ok that means every golf course need to close when strong winds come. Get real. This is not a government problem. It was a freak accident that just so happened to be on government soil.
on January 23,2014 | 02:46PM
kiragirl wrote:
Read carefully before commenting. If trees are maintained, that is pruned and trimmed so that their branches are not weighted, the chances of wind breaking the branch becomes less. Most accidents are preventable and this one could have been prevented. I guarantee you the attorney will find several ways this could have been prevented. Freak accident? I don't think so.
on January 23,2014 | 05:53PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
What happened is tragic, but seeking to cast blame on others will only add to the tragedy. Pretty much every accident can be prevented by spending your life in bed. We have really gone overboard in our assumption of what "reasonable" risk mitigation is. If you have met the people who prune trees for a living, you might recognize that not all of them would be able to determine which limbs would break in 50 mph wind. If you want to have every tree trimmer educated to the level necesasry to achieve that sort of prescience, you're not going to be able to afford to hire them to keep the trees from falling on your house. Let's all just recognize that there is risk in life and not be surprised if something unusual and tragic like this happens to one person on an island with a million people.
on January 24,2014 | 07:49AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Dolphin, totally agree.
on January 24,2014 | 08:55AM
KammyKam wrote:
How often do people die from a fallen branch at a golf course???? Yes this was a freak accident.
on January 24,2014 | 09:44AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
kira, all places where there are tall trees. Really?
on January 24,2014 | 08:50AM
honopic wrote:
There are tall trees in parks, on campuses, and along streets and highways. Should they all be "closed in high wind conditions" too? Try this, kiragirl: First, engage brain. Second, think. Third, if it sounds stupid, don't post.
on January 24,2014 | 10:17AM
paniolo wrote:
My ALOHA to his ohana. He comes on vacation to have fun and get away from it all, and this tragedy occurs. Sad...
on January 23,2014 | 09:52AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
This doesn't have anything to do with the winds, does it?
on January 23,2014 | 09:58AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Finzy, nope. It's about pruning and maintaining every "tall" tree on the island, or the world, for that matter.
on January 24,2014 | 08:57AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Prayers to family and Shigeru Iwamoto. Life is so Precious, enjoy it to the fullest and have no regrets. Be nice to everyone deserving, and Be compassionate to those undeserving for they are ill in Mind and Soul.
on January 23,2014 | 10:49AM
312guy wrote:
The winds were blowing heavy yesterday. RIP
on January 23,2014 | 04:07PM
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