Richard Towers of the flowing auburn locks and one-time member of the Exeter Chess Club, returned to active chess at the Paignton Congress, after an absence from the scene of over a decade. He was a strong club player, in the 150 – 160 grading range, playing regularly for both Exeter and Devon.
However, on Wednesday evening, he was walking home from his workplace on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in the city, when he was knocked down and received serious head injuries. He is now in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, under sedation and unconscious.
Even now, 5 days after the accident, Police are still trying to trace any relatives he may have had. Anyone who has further information in this direction, is asked to contact the police in Exeter.
Meanwhile, his friends and acquaintances wish him well in his fight for recovery.
Thursday 23rd Feb. Exeter & East Devon’s local paper, the Express & Echo, featured the accident on their front page, and included the above picture.
Apparently, a sister (next of kin) has been traced and informed.
Devon captain, Brian Hewson, reports as follows: “I phoned Derriford (Pencarrow Ward) today (Thurs.) Richard has had an operation on his leg that went ok. He won’t be able to recognise people at the moment according to the ward nurse. I am hoping to now visit on Monday, depending on what they say then.”