North Carolina biker community mourns loss of Greensboro motorcyclist
GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – The Greensboro biker community is mourning the loss of a friend.
Andrew Goras, 33, died on Tuesday night after colliding with a car as he left work on his motorbike. It happened at the intersection of Industrial Avenue and Flagstone Drive in Greensboro.
Friends of Goras tell FOX8 that tragic accidents like this happen often, but they never thought they would lose one.
“It was just a total, complete shock,” said Amanda Bartley, Goras’ girlfriend of 14 years.
Goras was supposed to pick Bartley up Tuesday night after work.
“I messaged him…and asked him where he was, and he never looked at the message or replied,” she said.
Goras was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle east on Industrial Avenue around 10:45 p.m. A driver heading in the opposite direction turned left onto Flagstone Drive and Goras hit him.
He was ejected from his motorcycle and died on the spot. Police tape and pieces of his bike still remained on the street Wednesday afternoon.
“He was always super careful, and I thought he would pass, and he would be fine,” Bartley said. “It happens to other people. It never happens to you or anyone you know.
Goras’ death left a big hole in the North Carolina biker community. He was well known for his advocacy of bicycle safety and organizing fundraising rides to help others. Many of those he planned with his friend Tony Hogan.
“He makes all the toys for toddlers,” Hogan said. “He does charity, cancer events, people in financial difficulty. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small. »
After the hundreds of fundraising races Goras has planned since he started racing in 2009, his friends are planning one in memory of the 33-year-old.
“I never imagined in my dreams that he would be the one on the poster that we’re going to ride for,” Hogan said.
Bikers will gather Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Dunham Sports in Asheboro to remember the motorcyclist.
“He’s been on rides for other fallen cyclists and to collect donations for their families,” Bartley said. “I never thought I would be at the end of this.”
It costs $20 per bike. This money will go to Goras’ family in case of financial problems.
“He was just big on community, and I’m glad he left the legacy he did,” Bartley said.
Greensboro police are still investigating. They have not yet said anything about possible charges.
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