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Teen dies from weekend accident

Monday, March 11, 2013 8:29 AM
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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.

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boomhauer
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boomhauer 03/11/13 - 07:40 am
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Wow...that's sad. That seems
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Wow...that's sad. That seems dangerous having a cable strung up like that, I wonder if it was properly marked.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/11/13 - 07:43 am
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My heart breaks for this

My heart breaks for this family and pray that God gives you comfort during this grieving time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 07:48 am
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This is a sad situation

For both the teen & land owner.....some don't realize the dangers in these bikes.....we had to protect a water meter in the N Ga mountains from dirt bikes running over each side.....we used pine logs to stop the traffic....there is property damage from dirt bikes ...

David Parker
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David Parker 03/11/13 - 09:20 am
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Private property can be

Private property can be secured w/o creating a deadly hazard like this. Should have been a barrier, not a cable. Condolences for the family.

I'm changing the wording to avoid being critical as a poster noted.

Could have been a barrier, not a cable. Condolences for the family.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/11/13 - 07:53 am
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May God be with the family
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May God be with the family and everyone involved. May His peace rest on the hearts of those that are hurt.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 07:59 am
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DP, I'm not sure we need to

DP, I'm not sure we need to criticize the property owner without knowing history and/or logistics involved in securing that property. It's a tragedy.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 08:02 am
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I thought about the hazard

I thought about the hazard while reading this article....someone could also hit a log & get thrown over too....also the water lines could burst from over weight & damage ....soo someone tell me ....what is safe for the land owner to do?

Watermedic
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Watermedic 03/11/13 - 08:07 am
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Cables are fine, just put a

Cables are fine, just put a piece of 2 inch PVC pipe on the cable to make it visible.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/13 - 08:26 am
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Our prayers for the family

While they mourn the death of their child, many questions with be asked.

About wires, gates, and their legality. But another question also needs to be asked.

The question that addresses the proper and reasonable response times for the Rural South Side. Yet, another example of the service disparity between A-RC areas, in our semi-consolidated government.

"Police said Goodwin’s condition “deteriorated rapidly” while he waited for first responders to arrive."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 08:33 am
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Keep this in mind

Sometimes a barrier is put up just to prevent a tragedy such as this.....if you own timber land or just over grown woods you know the pitfalls of walking/riding through the land....old wells & also you want to prevent fires if possible....you can put posted signs & etc on your land but it is almost impossible to keep others out......most hunters are aware of the dangers..

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/11/13 - 08:34 am
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God bless
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Master Goodwin's soul and his family.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/11/13 - 08:43 am
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My condolences to the family.

My condolences to the family. May the Lord comfort you in your grief.

school bus driver
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school bus driver 03/11/13 - 08:46 am
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Bad Judgement

The property owner practiced bad judgement when stringing up a cable without anything on it to alert TRESPASSERS of any danger...
The teenager practiced bad judgement when he trespassed on private property.
Who is to blame? Depends on how much the people can afford to pay their attorney in this horrific accident caused by bad judgement.
I feel sorry for everyone involved in this child loosing his life at such a young age...
My prayers are with them all.....

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 09:24 am
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This is the same as rigging up a booby trap...

...and THAT is illegal. You cannot do something like this without facing great civil liability...and there may be a criminal statute that applies as well. Involuntary manslaughter, perhaps?

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 09:33 am
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No, that is not the same

No, that is not the same thing as rigging up a booby trap (which is rigged to intentionally injure people). This was a barrier that was put up, not to injure, but to keep unauthorized individuals off private property. It is irresponsible to imply that the property owner intented to injure people who attempted to enter his property. Deepest sympathies to family who lost a loved one. Such a tragedy.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 09:36 am
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One thin metal wire...

...is NO barrier. Especially rigged up "neck high". You would have a hard time explaining that to a judge.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 09:40 am
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Do not agree with you austin

If someone breaks into your home & breaks his neck while doing it is the homeowner responsible.....
More than likely this land owner wanted to PREVENT accidents in his land...such as this...
If someone has an accident riding across our logs will that make us to blame....
also if someone falls in old well on land & you don't have a barrier up....who is to blame then...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 09:45 am
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Read the article

It said hit front of bike--rode up over handlebars & then hit teen.....doesn't say neck high line..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/11/13 - 09:57 am
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Dusk

5:40 p.m. Saturday evening was dusk. Visibility would have been low.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 09:58 am
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Austin, read the article.

Austin, read the article. Cable was not neck high. It hit motorcycle and went over top of the bike.

brittanye23
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brittanye23 03/11/13 - 09:58 am
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great kid

i can't belive something like this happened to nick, i've known him since kindergarten and i've watched him grow up since then. he was always a great student and will certainly be missed. my heart goes out to his family especially his mother my heart really poors out to her she is such a sweet heart this must be so unbearable for her. but if this is gods will so shall it be done ! rest in peace nick :) u will definetly be missed, remebered and cherished in our hearts !

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/11/13 - 10:01 am
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Austin is just too far gone on this!

I think that this incident started out with trespassing. Don't know how you go from civil to criminal on what you have read in this story. I guess it boils down to the fact that intent to harm was the reason for the cable and that does not appear to be the case! You even said neck high when the article clearly says the cable hit the bike forks first and traveled up. The forks on a motorcycle are not neck high!

You are just trying to sensationalize a terrible accident!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/11/13 - 10:01 am
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I think Austin might be right
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I think Austin might be right on this one with regard to the law. Certainly, a viable civil case and may be involuntary manslaughter under criminal law.

mosovich
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mosovich 03/11/13 - 10:06 am
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Way out of line..

Some of you people are so way out of line to suggest the land owner is at fault.. How do you know that the cable wasn't marked with orange flags and they rotted off? I have a farm about five hours from here and that is what happened to mine.. I have a cable about two to three feet off the ground to keep people from accessing my land and had it marked.. Last time I was there, the markers were gone.. So due to natures elements I'm to blame because someone was BREAKING THE LAW by trespassing and gets hurt? I do have old wells, I'm not gonna go fill them all up because some trespasser may get hurt.. That's insane and Austin you should be asshamed of yourself for suggesting such with out knowing the facts..

This is a terrible tragedy, but you can't blame the land owner..

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 10:07 am
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I don't understand the lynch

I don't understand the lynch mob mentality on a day in which nothing more than sympathy for the family should be expressed on this forum.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 10:08 am
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thank you mosovich

EXACTLY my point!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/13 - 10:19 am
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Austin now has his next show

now that Sheriff Roundtree, The RCSO PR Officer, Censure and the ARC Raises are petering out in the news.

Don't get me wrong.
Austin many times has a great show.
It is he just sometimes talk about himself, plugs his acting roles, chews too much on one subject and refuses to changes his mind even when the facts and documents clearly show otherwise.

I just flip to BOB-FM for some ROCK variety and return later in the show to check.

Again don't get me wrong, we need an Austin type here in the CSRA.

AprilLowry
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AprilLowry 03/11/13 - 10:31 am
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EMS would have had to live at the boys house.

'Crushed trachea' AND 'collapsed lungs' would have required EMS being 5 minutes(at most) away or living at the boys home. There are many areas of the city/county that the EMS response would be much longer. Folks we can't afford to have that many ambulances and paramedics(in the past, present, or future....without CRAZY tax increases). This was a TRAGIC accident. Period. No one should be suing or complaining to anyone, just praying for comfort for the family & friends of the boy.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 10:39 am
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Good Lord people...

Back up...who is sensationalizing anything? I just reread the article, did not catch the "rode up the wheel bit...".

STILL...if you have kids on motorbikes scooting down a path or a dirtroad it is very irresponsible to put a thin, single cable up, that obviously is not easy to see while on a dirtbike. ESPECIALLY if they have been down the path...road...many times and had no impediment.

My grandparents lived up against a large patch of woods when we were kids...and we were back there on go karts and dirt bikes all the time. All the sudden, over one specific portion of woods, a private land owner started putting up "No Trespassing" signs
and thin wire fences. But the guy went to great lengths to put little orange marking ribbon any where he had fence going over one of our old trails.

There were probably two dozen kids that rode back there back then...if one of them had hit one of those fences going at their usual speeds...at minimum it would have put them in the hospital for a while.

I am not "attacking" the landowner, but there are thousands of parcels of rural land around here that have recreational bike, motorcycles, horseback riders, and even runners trotting through. If you know they are there, and you want them to stop...you better use more sense than just putting up a single wire barrier to make them stop.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 10:53 am
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It hasn't been mentioned, but

It hasn't been mentioned, but Georgia state law requires a minimum age of 17 for a motorcycle driver's license. I know that applies to roadways only, but that minimum age was established for a reason. Sympathies to the family for this tragedy.

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