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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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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/12/13 - 06:21 am
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Parents should teach the

Parents should teach the concept of private property to their kids. Too often you see the whole family on four wheelers down to micro ones for the little guys ignoring property rights, damaging the right of way and driveways, and cutting across the highway in clear disregard for the law. You shouldn't have to post no trespassing signs and fence your entire property. to keep out those that don't belong there.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/12/13 - 06:27 am
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I gave up listening to Austin

I gave up listening to Austin long ago. It seemed like every time I turned to WGAC it was on a commercial or the same news that had just played. A 30-45 minute show that drags on for 3 hours.

bigj706
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bigj706 03/12/13 - 07:41 am
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Big logs and a little cable

Big logs and a little cable are two different thing if someone runs over big logs it is their fault you can see them from far off but some strung up cable that you cant see until you are right on it is wrong you need to put some kind of sign up. If someone is new riding there how will they know you cant ride here unless some sign is up if you are going to tell someone to keep out put up the complete barrier and just half do the job.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 03/12/13 - 07:51 am
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as a landowner

with cables and gates and other visible devices in place to prevent trespassers from abusing my property, Austin is flat out wrong about the cable being just like a boobytrap. The cable was out in the open and visible. Boobytraps are not. Cables do not do anything but provide a physical barrier. Boobytraps do something to cause harm or damage to a person. If it was late in the day and the visibility of the RIDER was less, that is not the cable's fault. Could the cable have been made more visible? Don't know. Didn't see the cable. But Monday morning quarterbacks can always find fault and ways to improve. Have at it. Meanwhile, my cables stay right where they are. Don't want the cable to jump out and hurt you? Then stay off MY PRIVATE PROPERTY.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/12/13 - 11:56 am
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SeenItB4 > Austin Rhodes

SeenItB4 > Austin Rhodes

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/12/13 - 04:43 pm
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Regency Mall Gates

I was reading another article and saw photos of how Regency Mall roads are closed. It's a simple single pipe barrier gate. If a motorbike hit it there would be a serious injury.

DawnC
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DawnC 03/12/13 - 08:38 pm
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Property owners: we have to

Property owners: we have to ensure that any type of fencing we install over any type of dirt road should be clearly marked. And yes, we should make sure it remains clearly marked...that's our responsibility. And as for riding an off road dirt bike, the rules are NOT the same as the rules for riding on city or state roads. I ride motorcycles and I would expect to see a clearly marked wire/fence letting me know not to ride/cross through it. And this is the same if we go for even a walk in the woods.... I need to see clearly marked wires/fences letting me know not to keep going on the path I'm on. My information is not meant to target anyone, it's just information for everyone everywhere. As a whole, we just need to pay more attention to the small stuff....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/13/13 - 08:09 am
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Almost All Land is Owned By Someone

My comment is not about this tragic event, but a response to DawnC's remark. I appreciate what she is saying and it gives an insight to bike riders. However, to assume any land is open to dirt bikes or even those walking as mentioned unless it is fenced off is not realistic. It's a cavalier attitude.

All land in this country is owned by someone unless it's state owned. Riding dirt bikes out in the country through the woods is obviously trespassing on someone's land. Because it's not marked does not give the rider permission to enter the land. I am an absentee land owner in Aiken and don't mind kids playing there, but to have those old enough to ride dirt bikes riding over it, exposing me to various legal liabilities, is wrong. If the land is not yours and the owner has not given you permission to use the land, don't assume you can.

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