Columbus man dies after being stung dozens of times on golf course

It was an annual event for Darryl Dever: a golf outing to Northern Michigan.

At the Treetops Resort, his ball went off into the woods on the Par 3 second hole.

He went to retrieve it and was swarmed by yellow jackets, or hornets, according to the general manager of the resort.

His family says he was stung up to two dozen times, many of those stings in the neck and head.

He was playing with a doctor who couldn’t save him, even though CPR was performed.

We spoke tonight with David Schmidt, a doctor at Grant Medical center who told us a sting to the neck can be deadly.

“We had an incident not too long ago,” Schmidt said. “Somebody came in with what you’re describing, someone had come in with a bite to the neck, and in a very short time because we’re talking about a rapid onset symptoms that develop rapidly, he had quite a bit of swelling on his face, that involved his airway, he was unable to breathe and we had to put him on a ventilator.”

And that was just one sting.

Darryl Dever was a lobbyist and government specialist who was well-known around the Ohio Statehouse.

Known as Doc, he had spent more than 30 years working with legislators.

“The other thing that was really true about Doc, he was honest,” said State Representative Jim Hughes, who represents the 16th district. “He told you about something he told you both sides of the issue: what he was advocating for, and the other side. And that’s something you really want to have in a lobbyist because that way it informs us legislators to make sure we make informed decisions and those are the good ones. And we did lose a good one with Doc Dever.”

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