Autopsy finds golf cart crash victim died from head injury

bheffernan@islandpacket.comAugust 5, 2013 

A Bluffton man who crashed his golf cart into a parked car last month in Sun City Hilton Head died from a blow to his head, according the Beaufort County Coroner's Office.

Don Lorber, 77, was driving a cart in the community at about 7:45 p.m. July 23 when it veered off Cypress Hollow near Colonel Thomas Heyward Road, struck the car bumper and a small tree in a resident's yard, Deputy Coroner David Ott said.

Lorber fell out of the golf cart and hit his head, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said. The investigator could not determine why Lorber lost control of the golf cart, Wyant said.

The Sun City Hilton Head Safety and Service Team had moved the cart by the time Highway Patrol officers arrived, she said.

Don Lorber's wife, Barbara, said she isn't troubled that there are few details about how the accident happened.

"I'm not going to second guess it. I could drive myself crazy for the rest of my life," she said. "It could have been as simple as a bumblebee attacking him.

"No matter what happened, it wouldn't change the result."

The couple were celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary the day of the crash.

He was driving the cart to a neighbor's house "not even a whole block" from the Lorbers' house, Barbara Lorber said.

She added that she hopes the accident convinces people to wear seat belts while driving golf carts on the road.

Lorber was airlifted by a Lifestar helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he was pronounced dead, Wyant said. The autopsy was conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

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