Family asks community to come together after motorcyclist was hit by alleged drunk driver


by Renee Murphy

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A heartbroken Louisville family is asking the community to come together after their loved one was killed by an alleged drunk driver.

Gerald Goldsmith was killed while riding his motorcycle Sunday night on Dixie Highway. 

“It wasn't just an accident,” Joshua Goldsmith, Goldsmith’s son, said.

“It was a murder they killed my husband. He killed my husband,” Cathy Goldsmith, Goldsmith’s wife, said. “He didn't deserve that. He didn't deserve that at all.”

Gerald Goldsmith was killed on Sunday night at Dixie and Blanton in Louisville.

Goldsmith was a veteran, serving in the Marine Corp for almost 20 years.

He was on his motorcycle returning home from a Toys for Tots bike ride in Bullitt County when he was killed.

“He was a giving man. Anyone who needed anything he would help them. He loved helping people, didn't matter what it was he wanted to figure out a way he could help people,” Joshua Goldsmith said.

“Him and his best buddy they were down there at V twins and they left there and they was going home,” Tony Goldsmith, the victim’s brother, said.

Goldsmith was killed just blocks from his house. Police say David Gurley was drinking and a breathalyzer test showed he was almost four times the legal limit.
Gurley is now charged with murder.

“I couldn’t believe anyone would do that to a person,” Cathy Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith's family says the one thing that keeps them at peace is that he died doing what he loved.  He was on his motorcycle and he'd just finished helping children.

“He had really a giving heart and a giving spirit he would give to anything. If anybody needed anything he'd help them anyway he could. They would just call him and he'd be there,” Cathy Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith’s visitation will be at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and his funeral will be on Friday at 11 a.m. also at Owen Funeral Home.

His family has started a facebook page honoring his life

His family is also asking that you donate to Toys for Tots in Goldsmith’s name.

If you would like to help the family remember Gerald Goldsmith click here.