Queens Golf Course Greenskeeper Dies After Fight With Vandals

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An elderly greenskeeper at a Queens golf course, who was found unconscious last week, has died, according to police. 

William Hinchey, 79, was found unconscious and unresponsive at the Forest Park Golf Course in Woodhaven on Tuesday, Sep. 9 around 1 p.m.

According to authorities, the elderly greenskeeper had discovered a group of vandals riding bicycles near the 15th hole on the course and suspected they were trying to steal the flag. 

The man requested the vandals leave, but an argument broke out and one person shoved the 79-year-old to the ground. 

Police were called to the scene after the vandals had left and found the elderly man on the ground. 

He was taken to North Shore University Medical Center, where he was hospitalized until his death on Sept. 11.

The NYPD says the incident is not yet being considered a homicide but the investigation remains ongoing. 

No arrests have been made and the cause of Hinchey’s death was not immediately released.

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