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Teen dies from weekend accident

Monday, March 11, 2013 8:29 AM
Last updated 7:23 PM
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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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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 12:35 pm
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Kids are going...

...wherever they can go on dirtbikes and the like. Always have, always will.

Best thing to do is put up a bunch of "No Trespassing" signs, and visible barriers to prevent what you can. As was pointed out above, if there are specific landmarks or utility equipment that is in peril, nothing short of building up a protection barrier of some kind usually works.

Bantana
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Bantana 03/11/13 - 12:41 pm
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My condolences to the family

My condolences to the family and friends of the young man that lost his life in this unfortunate accident. A motorcycle endorsement for a Georgia drivers license and license plate is not required for off-pavement vehicles. All of the major manufacturers, with the exception of Harley Davidson, market product to potential riders as young as 5 years old. In fact, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation teaches many young children every weekend the principles of safe and confident riding practices. Successful completion of MSF courses is recognized by insurance companies for premium discounts. The state waives the skills portion of the motorcycle driving test if the applicant has proof of
MSF course completion.Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this tragedy, there can be no mistaking the intent of the land owner to
cause damage and injury with the metal cable. I can only imagine what evil intent was going through his mind as he strung that cable. But that's where we are with our society now. In the pursuit of securing some rural land, I suppose anything goes and if a kid on a dirtbike has to suffer the ultimate penalty for his poor judgement then a hard few see that as an appropriate consequence. Sad, sad situation. Only a thoughtless, uncaring and quite possibly vendictive human would string up a metal cable without regard to how that might injure others.The authorities and civil courts will sort this out, but too late to save young Nicholas.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 12:48 pm
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Oh Boy

Evil intent ....my behind....
That is out of this world thinking imo.....I feel sorry for the world of today....we live in a sue happy society...it seems a landowner can't get it right & doesn't matter which way he goes.....IMPOSSIBLE & CRAZY to forsee EVERY possible happenstance in the future....I feel sadness for the family of this teen & also the landowner..

Jake
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Jake 03/11/13 - 12:50 pm
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Tragedy

My condolences to the Goodwin family on the loss of their young son.

This accident is just like the one that killed ARC football player Bill Leister in the late 60's at the Oliver General Hospital grounds. A senseless tragedy in both instances.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/11/13 - 12:54 pm
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You Don't Know

I disagree with Bantana's characterization of the landowner's "evil intent." Bantana has absolutely no knowledge of anyone's intent but his own.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/11/13 - 01:00 pm
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Irresponsible and shameful

Irresponsible and shameful characterization of the landowner by Bantana. Inexcusable.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 01:01 pm
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Anything can happen at anytime

Many moons ago in Augusta ...a young girl broke her arm while running across my front yard....nothing unusual about lawn.....accidents happen & we can't prevent them all.....I wish we could bring back the days when we didn't always look for someone to blame..or someone to sue.

Bantana
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Bantana 03/11/13 - 01:09 pm
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The landowner may not have

The landowner may not have had evil intent. I did say, I can only imagine. I suppose it's quite possible that the property owner may be nothing more than uncaring and woefully ignorant.

brittanye23
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brittanye23 03/11/13 - 01:14 pm
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blame not ......

no one is to blame for this so i wish everyone would stop saying the owner of the property is to blame. we as people need to realize God has a way of doing things for a reason and we need to undertsand everything works in a divine purpose and we have no control over God's decisions upon the earth and its humans. i'm not saying he died on purpose or any of that but i just simply saying that God works and mysterious ways and why he took this awsome life is not for us to try and understand. a wise man once said cry when babys are born and rejoice when they die. in meaning cry becuase they came into this awful world and rejoice when they leave. yes i have cried for nick but let us be happy too not that he died but that he has left this good awful world to be with jesus his creator.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 01:23 pm
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uncaring and woefully ignorant.

Amazing insight that you DON'T have..

this is for bantana & no one else...

brittanye23
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brittanye23 03/11/13 - 01:16 pm
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well....

He was a very good kid ive known him since middle school....he never meant anything bad by picking on you...he was always smileing and happy...he will be missed dearly...the candlelight service will be tonight at 7 pm at the hephzibah high school football field....From rose, a careing friend...

zeenab4u
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zeenab4u 03/11/13 - 01:20 pm
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It said metal cable, not wire

And metal cables are on I-20 to keep out of control cars from crossing to the other side. I guess if a motorcycle has this same sort of accident Bantana would choose to believe there was some uncaring and ignorant intent on the part of the state.
Sad to hear about this youg boys accident.

brittanye23
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brittanye23 03/11/13 - 01:25 pm
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@ seenitB4

the fact is that there was a WIRE, just the wire...most of the time when we dont want anyone on the land we put pvc pipe around it so no one gets hurt but yet keep them out off the land at the same time....you must think its not the land owners fault it was a mistake even I have made....and an amazing insight she doesnt have?? she just said it...duh...
from rose.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/11/13 - 01:26 pm
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brittanye

I went back & corrected my post...it was never toward you....you have my deepest sympathy for the teen & all involved.....it is easy to get posts confused on here.......again I feel sadnees for all..

brittanye23
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brittanye23 03/11/13 - 01:28 pm
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oh...

well thank you, yes sadness cant even describe it.... and sorry i was seeming to talk in third person it was a friend talking :rose:)

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 01:30 pm
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I tore my knee up BAD when I was a kid...

...playing on someone else's yard. 161 stitches. We were rolling down the hill in the front yard...and a coat hanger was buried (more like grown over in thick weeds and runners...go figure) with a sharp tip exposed (probably from a lawn mower). My parents never thought to sue...but they probably could have. Not that it would have been right...

But no one buried that coat hanger with the intention of hurting someone.

A "barrier" like this one must really be put in place with great care. See what can happen?

rosieosie
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rosieosie 03/11/13 - 01:56 pm
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at austin rhodes

but this "barrier" was not a barrier is what a WIRE...i knew nick he was amazing been goin to school with him since middle school always had a smile on his face....he will be very much missed..the owner of the land will not be charged, but i cud not imagine the guilt that he has to go through....i will miss him dearly...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/11/13 - 02:01 pm
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brittany, hang on to the

brittany, hang on to the promises from God. Nicholas has only gone home earlier than the rest of us and his parents, you and the rest of God's children will meet up again one day. He has stood before the Father and seen His face, what a wonderful thing. Grieve for a time because someone you love is no longer physically here but rejoice in knowing where he is. May God give you and the family comfort.

rosieosie
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rosieosie 03/11/13 - 02:02 pm
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i agree...

i agree with "InChristLove" hes gone to a better place yes we will miss him but he is home now...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/13 - 03:14 pm
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I see low cables everywhere

I see low cables everywhere keeping people out. It was not a hidden cable neck high. It rode up the bike tire. What a very, very sad situation for the family and the land owner. Personally, I don't mind kids on my land. It's the adults I want to keep out and the best way to do that is with gates and fences.

countyman
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countyman 03/11/13 - 03:48 pm
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How is consolidation even

How is consolidation even related to this tragic story? The hospitals were located in the Medical District before consolidation.

What do you blame the long waits on in the city limits of Hephzibah or Blythe(not consolidated)?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/11/13 - 03:58 pm
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Living Hell

is trully known when any family looses one of their children "When, Where & How." My deepest feeling for the family and friends of both parties involved.

I feel the land owner should have looked into the future for his actions
to secure his property. If he is any human, he has tears in his heart that may never wash away.

In most accidents, some blame can be places on all parties involved.
Sometime normal pleasure and living actions intertwine with stupidity not realizing it at that time.

Reminds me of the time I lose a helicopter flight buddy while doing something that many enjoyed doing. The Brazos River in Texas is a very twisting river and it was always fun to do 90 knots with skids almost touching the water and many of us did it. Its wasn't untill one of the ranchers got feed up with his cattle who were drinking along the banks to be scared away every time. One day he stretched a "Cable" across it....I don't have to tell you the end of the story.

We can just sit here and make all kinds of comments "yea and nae's"....
The end results will always be that a human life has been taken.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/11/13 - 05:34 pm
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If he put up the barrier with
Unpublished

If he put up the barrier with no attempt to warn "trespassors," it's reckless disregard. If he affixed yellow ribbon and it deteriorated by the elements and he didn't realize it, it's negligence.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/13 - 06:57 pm
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As

Predicted,

3:05pm the Lead off story.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/11/13 - 07:31 pm
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Don't you just hate the word "ignorant."

It is a good word when used in proper context but most often today those who use it mean much more than just it's simple definition. Would someone have used it in this arena?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/11/13 - 07:49 pm
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Nocnoc...

...was there something more important to bring up before this?

Who does not think this is a conversation worth having?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/13 - 10:05 pm
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Austin

You opened the door,
your focus is sometimes too long and narrow a single subject.
The beat the dead horse to death saying is warranted.

Sometimes I wished you would cover a subject and move on after 20 or 30 minutes. This incident is a prime example. It news for you and your show. But for the family and close friends out here on the South Side it is painful.

Think wider, State Income elimination, the latest Patch Deal, Grady standing firm, the idiot driver, the pawn store burglary on Board St. at 9pm and the suspects getting away are but few examples of other good topics that also deserve attention.

Plus while I am at it. I am tired of hearing about how you are NOT bragging about what you get paid, while you brag about what you get paid.

You are great Augusta Media person, but a tune up is needed.

Darby
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Darby 03/11/13 - 11:02 pm
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So young...

So very, very young. Makes me want to grab my grandkids and just hold on to them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/11/13 - 11:39 pm
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CG 3:58

Thoughtful, prayerful, practical. Thank you, CobaltGeorge, for taking some extra time on your post that causes all of us to reflect, give thanks, and pray.

rebellious
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rebellious 03/11/13 - 11:39 pm
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My Heart

Goes out to this family. I am reminded of the saying "But for the Grace of God, there go I".

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