|A young man died when he was crushed by a tree at Rosemere Golf Club, at 282, Boul. Labelle Rosemere. The victim was found dead Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (GIRARD PASCAL/QMI AGENCY)
ROSEMERE, QUE. – An 18-year-old man was crushed to death by a tree uprooted by a violent storm Saturday evening on a golf course north of Montreal.
Matthew Salsa arrived alone at the golf club and started his game at 5 p.m., about 30 minutes before the club’s manager said he sounded the alarm.
The course is located in Rosemere, Que., about 30 km north of Montreal.
“We rang the alarm for two minutes at 5:30 p.m. due to the bad weather,” Marc Gelinas told QMI Agency on Sunday morning. “Most of the people on the course came inside. He did not.”
Salsa’s parents called the manager when their son hadn’t returned home.
Gelinas said police found the 18-year-old’s body on the course, under a tree.
He added that Salsa, who was a member of the golf club, was “a model young man.”
Gelinas said the golf course looks like “a war zone.”
“We are evaluating the damage,” he said. “There are 300 trees uprooted or damaged. Some are over a hundred years old, it’s really not a pretty picture.”