ATV rider killed in Montgomery County accident

A law enforcement investigation says the driver of an all-terrain vehicle was temporarily blinded by dust just before the accident that claimed his life.

Zachary Dale Goforth, 1993-2014 (family photo via Pugh Funeral Home)

Zachary Dale Goforth, 1993-2014 (family photo via Pugh Funeral Home)

Reports say 21-year-old Zachary Dale Goforth was riding his ATV behind another one on an unpaved portion of County Line Road southeast of Pekin when his vision was obscured, causing the accident just before 4 a.m. Sun., Aug. 24.

Trooper N.J. Talley of the N.C. State Highway Patrol told media Goforth’s ATV ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting the rider.

Goforth was taken to Moore Regional Hospital and then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the obituary published by Pugh Funeral Home of Troy, Zachary Goforth was a 2011 graduate of West Montgomery High School, where was a 2010 all-conference football player and placed third in the National Hunter Safety Team, shotgun division. He was an active member of the National Guard as a track vehicle mechanic. He was a member of HHC, 30th Brigade, Special Troops Battalion, and was attached to Charlie Company, 30th Brigade, Special Troops Battalion.

Funeral arrangements for Zach Goforth had not been announced as of this morning.

UPDATE: The funeral will be Fri., Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. at First Wesleyan Church, 1368 N.C. Hwy. 134 N., Troy, N.C.

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