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Family says covered pot hole led to motorcycle death

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James Goings (Source: Family) James Goings (Source: Family)

A motorcyclist died in a crash on Mimosa Avenue and High Point Terrace.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m Friday.

Investigators said the motorcycle was driving northbound on High Point Terrace when the driver lost control, hitting the front of a car.

The crash sent the car into a pole in the grassy area of High Point Terrace.

The motorcyclist, identified as James Goings, 36, was thrown and landed in the middle of the street.

A 63-year-old woman was taken to Baptist East Hospital in non-critical condition. A 15-year-old girl was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in non-critical condition.

Goings’ family said he has been riding a motorcycle his entire life.

"What’s overwhelming is I can’t tell him what happened to him,” Goings’ mother Barbara Goings said. “I need to call him. I’ve called everyone, but I can’t call Jim."

Goings said her son worked on boats for weeks at a time and only returned home on Thursday. She said he loved his family and riding motorcycles.

"He’s left a hole in our whole family. It will never be the same without him,” she said.

A large metal plate on the road Jim was traveling on may have led to his death.

"They could have put markers, they could have put orange cones and he would be alive,” Barbara said.

Neighbors said under the plate is a large pot hole. They said the plate has been put there multiple times over the past few years.

"If he would have hit that on a motorcycle, I don’t know what it would have done; it was so thick,” a neighbor said.

"I think it was careless,” Goings said. “Very careless. It killed my son. There is no other way around it when you look at the orange marks."

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