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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Child Injured by Golf Ball

Child Injured by Golf Ball at Longshore

Sign at Longshore Club Park entrance clearly warns of the danger of errant golf balls. WestportNow.com photo

A 23-month-old boy was struck and injured by a golf ball Monday at Westport’s town-owned Longshore Club Park.

The child was transported to Norwalk Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital, officials said.

Citing new, stricter privacy laws, police officials said they could not release details of the infant’s condition.

Due to confusion at the time of the incident, some bystanders earlier reported the victim was a two-year-old girl.

Witnesses said the child was being pushed by his mother in a stroller when the accident occurred. The local golfer who hit the ball was “devastated” by the incident, they said.

Police officials said the golfers shouted “fore” as soon as the errant shot was hit.

The accident occurred on the sixth hole along the entryway to the park. Signs along the entrance road warn visitors of the danger of flying golf balls.

Passing cars, fellow golfers, and golf course employees have been hit in recent years by errant golf balls, according to town officials.

Stuart McCarthy, director of the Parks and Recreation Dept., said he recalled one other child in a stroller being hit by a golf ball in recent years but said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Update (8/29/03): An attorney representing the injured child, Benjamin Goldstein, and his mother, Lynne Goldstein, served notice Aug. 26 on the town of a claim for injuries and damages resulting from the incident. 

The attorney said while the child has recovered from his injuries, his earning capacity and ability to enjoy life’s activities had been permanently reduced as a result of the incident and a “road defect” where it occurred.

A notice of claim also said the mother had suffered “serious emotional distress” as a result of the incident.


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