Harrison County

Motorcyclist killed in Saucier crash was riding a bike that didn’t belong to him, sheriff says

A man killed in a two-vehicle crash in the Saucier community was driving a stolen motorcycle when a car pulled in front of him, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

He and Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the victim as Richard C. Goff, 48, of Saucier.

Goff was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson reported stolen at the Gulfport Police Department on Nov. 1, 2018, Peterson said.

A relative told the Sun Herald that Goff did not steal the motorcycle, but had borrowed it from a friend.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Goff is the one who stole the motorcycle,” Peterson said.

Goff was was traveling north on Success Road when the crash occurred on Sunday, he said.

Deputies and an accident investigator determined a Ford Taurus was leaving a driveway and turning left to go south on Success when the car’s front left side struck the motorcycle, he said.

The area is just south of Blackwell Farm Road before it becomes Old Highway 49.

Goff died at the scene.

Deputies were notified at 5:43 p.m. Sunday, Peterson said.

The investigation continues.

Robin Fitzgerald covers real-time news, such as crime, public safety and trending stories. In nearly 40 years as a journalist, her highest honors include investigative awards for covering the aftermath of the fatal beating of a Harrison County jail inmate in 2006 and related civil rights violations. She is a Troy University graduate.