A 15-year-old died Sunday after striking a cable while driving a dirt bike near his Hephzibah home the previous day.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholas Wayne Goodwin, of the 4900 block of Horseshoe Road, was traveling on a Kawasaki dirt bike around 5:40 p.m. Saturday when he struck a metal cable strung between two trees near Horseshoe Circle. Police said the cable is intended to keep unauthorized vehicle traffic off private property.
An investigation of the scene revealed the cable struck the front forks of the bike, continued over the handlebars and then struck the teen in the neck, ejecting him from the bike.
Goodwin walked to his nearby home, where he told his parents he was having trouble breathing.
Police said Goodwin’s condition “deteriorated rapidly” while he waited for first responders to arrive.
The teen was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center in critical condition. Attending physicians told police the teen had suffered a crushed trachea and a collapse of both lungs.
The Richmond County Coroner’s Office said Goodwin was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death was determined to be anoxic brain injury as a result of tracheal transection.