Man dies in 'freak' golf cart accident

2012-04-10 11:22

Durban - A freak golf cart accident. This is how devastated friends of Mooi River farm manager Rob Knox described his death at the Selborne Golf Club during the Easter Weekend.

Officials at the Pennington resort declined to provide details on Monday.

Knox, 42, and two friends were reportedly riding on a golf cart just after midnight on Friday when the tragedy struck.

Knox was standing on the back, while his friends - the driver and passenger - were seated in the cart.

Hit his head

Peter Botha, Knox’s boss at Northington Farm at Kamberg, said: “It was a freak accident. He was standing on the back of an old golf cart, and it went over a speed bump and he fell off and hit his head. He didn’t wake up.”

Botha described Knox as his friend and farm manager

“I didn’t have to worry about the farm. He took care of everything.”

Knox “was a lovely man”, who had a heart “the size of a truck”.

Botha, who lives in Ballito, said he travelled to Selborne as soon as he heard about the accident.

Knox is survived by his wife Bridget, children Nathan, 13, and Megan, 19, and mother Maricia.

Botha said family and friends were “devastated”.

While Knox enjoyed playing golf, his “big passion was off-road motorbikes”, a hobby he enjoyed with Nathan.

Bridget Knox described her husband as a wonderful outgoing person, who would have given the shirt off his back to help others.

“He touched the lives of many people, which I have discovered in the last few days. He was an amazing father who doted on our children and loved them immensely.”

She thanked a host of friends who had rallied to her family’s support.

“I would like to also thank his dirt bike riding mates for riding for him on Saturday, and not for cancelling their ride, as Rob would have kicked some serious butt if they had cancelled,” she said.

Funeral arrangements were still being finalised.

Culpable homicide docket

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the golf cart was negotiating a bend when it hit a bump.

“It appears as though he hit his head on the ground surface and died as a result.”

Police were still completing statements from witnesses.

“We are still trying to track down the driver of the cart,” Zwane said.

A culpable homicide docket is being investigated. A post-mortem would be conducted to determine a cause of death.

Patrick Hurly, who manages the hotel on the estate, said that Knox was not his client so he could not comment on the incident. “Mr Knox stayed at one of the villas which is not managed by the hotel. We do not know what happened. Our only involvement is that our staff were on duty at the time and were able to assist the group where they could,” he said.

Knox and his friends were staying in a villa owned by Dennis Barker.

Barker’s daughter, Denise Cartwright, said: “My father never met Knox, but we are all very heartbroken by what has happened to him.

“It was a freak accident that we cannot understand. Our sympathies go out to his wife and children.”

Selborne Estate manager Daryl Botha, Elma Fahrbecker from the Villa Body Corporate and Amanda Jefferies, who manages the golf club, declined to comment.

  • Megan - 2012-04-10 11:27

    Condolences to the family and friends. However, standing on ANY form of moving vehicle is an accident waiting to happen. Definitely not a freak accident and certainly not the first or (unfortunately) the last time something like this will happen.

      Janice - 2012-04-10 12:09

      Yes very sad, but I have to ask, WHY were they on a golf cart at midnight???

      violet.bossut - 2012-04-10 13:04

      @Janice what has it got to do with you.

      Philemon - 2012-04-10 14:09

      Seems like alcohol might had a role to play as well.

      newberrydevilliers - 2012-09-20 00:26

      You so hypocritica! First you express your condolences then go on to lecture your findings/opinion. It was a freak accident, these things happen in life. No one purposely goes out their way to become victims. Please in future \Respect\ families of such tragic losses by not commentating ever again.

  • Marion - 2012-04-10 11:30

    May he RIP and sincere condolences to the family and friends. I can only begin to imagine what they were up to on a golf cart in the middle of the night.

      Willie - 2012-04-10 11:49

      You know what they say about assumption..............

      Marion - 2012-04-10 12:02

      I do. However, I also know of a group of senior managers at a colliery in Natal who once went game hunting on a farm at night using a company vehicle which they subsequently wrapped around a tree. Boys will be boys.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-10 12:33

      marion are you on weed?

      Schmee - 2012-04-11 11:41

      I'm with Marion here. Calling this a freak accident is definitely not right. They were having fun and being irresponsible and this was the sad consequence.

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-13 14:28

      Marion is right - it clearly states (ON ANY GOLF CART) that only 2 persons (seated) are permitted on a cart at any one time. Also that no person under the age of 18 are permitted to drive etc etc etc. Our golf carts at our club get stuffed up by people standing on the back! Condolences to the family.

  • Brigitte - 2012-04-10 11:43

    Our prayers are with you Bridget and the family - from other Brigitte

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-10 11:54

    My sympathy to the family. I am often dumbfounded when I see people allowing small children to stand and sit on the back of open bakkies. Your chances of survival if anything happens are very slim to say the least. This accident obvioulsy happened at low speed and the vehicle is relatively close to the ground but still claimed a life. Think twice before allowing children on the back of vehicles please!

      Martin - 2012-04-10 12:21

      wasnt a small chid.I do agree with you though about the children part

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 12:05

    Condolences to his family! Its a stark reminder that death can appear when you least expect it! Very unfortunate and heartbreaking for his family!

  • Andr%c3%a9 - 2012-04-10 12:12

    Condolences.. However, every golf cart I have ridden is, has a sign about Safety. One is, "Do not stand on any part of the cart". This was recklessness.

  • Juan - 2012-04-10 12:28

    What were they doing after midnight on a golf cart and why are they still looking for the drive, which happens to be one of his friend??

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-04-10 12:47

    something fishy here...i suspect his friends killed him...wat whr they doing on a golf cart at midnight??

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-10 13:42

      Possible but let he rest in peace for now

      denise.wittstock - 2012-04-10 15:33

      You may have something, maybe we just watch too much CSI - anything can happen these days

      Deon - 2012-04-11 09:43

      It sounds more than a party gone wrong.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-11 10:06

      You don't need to be a brain surgeon to figure out what the cause was. Deon sums it up simply - but some prefer to take the denial route. Sad incident, especially for those left behind.

  • DeWet - 2012-04-11 10:13

    Has no one heard of something called night golf before jumping to conclusions?

      michael.floyd.90 - 2012-06-13 14:31

      The "Night golf" fad died a slow death many years ago and I can guarantee you that Selbourne Park is NOT equipped for night golf. Just b.t.w. ! Any other quaetions?

  • Ryan - 2012-04-11 10:32

    Selborne management CANT COMMENT?? No decency... No condolences?? What a load of rubbish.. This shows your estabolishments ethics.. Just worried about your back.. Disgrace.. Any decent manager will contact the family and go out of your way to show you care!!!

  • knox.bridget - 2012-09-18 06:56

    Firstly thank-you to those who expressed their condolences!\r\nSecondley have you some of you ever thought that your comments may actually cause hurt to the Family!\r\nThirdly The Body Corporate of Selbourne Estate did convey their condolences!\r\n\r\nIn future Make sure you know the facts before you make stupid, hurtful comments in the future. I know we are all entitled to our opinions, but in this case some of those comments actually caused me hurt. People are so insensitive to have said the stuff they have!\r\n \r\nHello his wife who happens to be me, can read, and no his friends did not kill him! Can you not just leave it? What ever my husband and his friends were doing the night he tragically died, actually has nothing to do with any of you! Rob is gone, and nothing is going to bring him back!\r\nI've accepted the fact I've lost the love of my life and my kids have lost their Dad!

  • Nathan Knox - 2014-11-27 20:09

    thanks to all of the people that have sent their condolences to my family and as his son i am a very sad person and it was not the drivers who killed my father it was his own doing and i know this because both driver and passenger told him to sit in the front but he did not listen to them and he took it upon himself to stand on the back so it was not homicide....

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