LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was killed and his passenger severely injured on Tuesday when he lost control and crashed his motorcycle while traveling in excess of 100 mph, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The patrol said moments before the accident, a state trooper had tried to stop the motorcycle for speeding, but had abandoned the pursuit because of the speed the motorcycle was traveling.
According to a report by investigating Trooper J.D. Wright, Garret Goolsby, 35, of Deep Branch Road, was killed instantly in the accident, which occurred at 2:51 p.m. on U.S. 74 Alternate, just east of Interstate 95. His passenger, Miranda Deese, 36, of Maxton, was flown to McLeod Medical Center in Florence, S.C., for treatment.
Sgt. J.L. Morton said that Goolsby was driving a 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa, which he called “one of the fastest motorcycles” that are made, south on the highway when it left the road to the left and struck a guardrail, throwing him and Deese off the cycle. Both were wearing helmets.
Morton said that moments before, Trooper J.M. Bullard had attempted to stop Goolsby for speeding, but that he sped up and Bullard terminated the search very quickly. Soon afterward, Wright received a call concerning the accident.
Damage to the motorcycle was listed at $2,500.