For the second time this month, a Corvette driver has been shot and killed by law enforcement officers after leading them on a high-speed chase.
On Dec. 13, 51-year-old Brian Newt Beaird of Oceanside, Calif., died after being shot having lead Los Angeles Police on a wild hour-long chase into the city and trying to flee after T-boning another car with his C6 Corvette while speeding through an intersection.
This time, it was a 17-year-old Gulf Breeze, Fla., teenager already facing vehicular homicide charges who was killed.
William Goodman was behind the wheel of a 2009 Corvette about 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve when officers spotted him driving recklessly in the city at speeds close to 100 mph.
Goodman tried to flee from police, who had to back off twice because of the high speed involved, but they finally managed to block his car at an intersection. He wouldn’t give up, though, and rammed police cars in an attempt to flee, even running over the leg of Sgt. Steve Bauer at one point. That prompted Officer Chad Willhite to fire into the Corvette, striking Goodman, who died later at the hospital.
Goodman was scheduled to go to court next month on vehicular homicide charges after he struck and killed a 66-year-old man and injured the man’s daughter on March 30 in Santa Rosa County. In that incident, Goodman, then 16, was speeding in a no-pass zone when he tried to pass a vehicle and struck a pedestrian with the front of his Mitsubishi. The mirror of his car also clipped the man’s daughter, but she survived.
After the latest incident, police said they found a handwritten note from Goodman to his parents at their home but gave no details about its content.
Officer Willhite, meanwhile, is on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the incident.
Pensacola News Journal
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