Golfer identified in course fatality

BOARDMAN — The Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department identified Brian Constantini, 35, of Boardman, as the man who died after an 80-foot-tall tree fell on the golf cart he was riding in.

Constantini was in the passenger seat with his brother-in-law at Mill Creek Golf Course around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Jaime Yohman, Mill Creek MetroParks community engagement director, said the fatality was caused by “an unfortunate incident.”

According to the park police report, the tree, which was about 36 inches in diameter, fell on the golf cart on hole 17 of the north course, crushing it and trapping the occupants inside.

Constantini was reportedly pinned under a large branch that was coming from the base of the tree. Constantini was unresponsive when authorities arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the coroner was called.

Jordan Hardwick, 35, of Columbiana, the brother-in-law of Constantini, was able to escape the golf cart with the help of others on the course who removed tree branches from him. Hardwick was treated at the scene for chest soreness, but declined any other medical attention, the report states.

The Boardman Fire Department and a course employee cleared branches off the golf cart until the tree was clear enough to be moved with a backhoe so that Constantini’s body could be removed.

“We do not have any reason to believe that this was anything other than a terrible, tragic accident. Our deepest condolences go out to the family,” Aaron Young, the executive director of the parks, said.

“Throughout the MetroParks, trees that appear dead and pose a risk to park goers are removed. However, in this case the tree was alive when it fell.”


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