Two Freak Accidents Prove Deadly

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:13 PM PDT
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A round of golf and a trout survey each proved deadly over the weekend.

A La Jolla man was bitten by a rattlesnake and died minutes later Saturday in San Diego’s East County.

William “Skip” Pierce, a 67-year old fly fisherman from La Jolla, was conducting a steelhead trout survey with other volunteers when he was bitten on the foot, according to several published reports.

Pierce stopped breathing within minutes and was pronounced dead after his arrival at a nearby hospital.

In San Bernardino County, it wasn’t a rattler but a stray ball that cost a Brea man his life.

Hiroshi Tango, 69, died at a hospital Saturday – nine days after a golf ball hit him in the head while he was playing at Los Serranos Country Club.

The coroner says Tango complained of head and neck pain after he was hit and was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
 

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