Louisville motorcyclists mourn friend killed in DUI crash

Gerald "Jerry" Goldsmith
Gerald "Jerry" Goldsmith
The police report filed at the wreck where Goldsmith died.
The police report filed at the wreck where Goldsmith died.
David Gurley
David Gurley

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville motorcyclists are mourning a man they said was a good friend to children in this community. Louisville Metro Police said his death happened because of a drunk driver.

According to a police report, David Gurley, 52, told the officer at the crash, "Just take me to jail, I'm drunk." Officers took Gurley to Metro Corrections where he's charged with murder.

Police said Gurley, who has a lengthy arrest record, caused the DUI crash Sunday night on Dixie Highway that took the life of Gerald "Jerry" Goldsmith, 61.

"I was shocked," said one of Goldsmith's friends to hear the news.

Police said Goldsmith was killed around 7:30 Sunday night when his motorcycle was stopped at a red light on Dixie Highway at Blanton Lane.

According to the police report, Gurley slammed into Goldsmith's southbound motorcycle and hit two other vehicles.

The police report states Gurley showed no remorse for the victims and demanded a light for his cigarette after the crash. His breathalyzer test was well over the legal limit at .295.

Friends along Dixie Highway are remembering Jerry Goldsmith as a Marine who loved working on motorcycles in retirement. His friend Terry Allen said, "He prepared motorcycles, he custom built them and he could do anything on a motorcycle."

Another friend said, "He was a good guy and made all the toy runs." Friends saidGoldsmith made runs for needy children whenever he could. The day of the crash they said he was returning from a Toys for Tots run in Bullitt County and was killed less than a mile from his home.

Allen said, "You would have loved to meet him because when he laughed, you could hear it all the way down through here," he continued, "He was super laid back guy and he would never hurt a flea."

The victim's family said, "Jerry Goldsmith is the loving husband to Cathy Goldsmith for the past 27 years, they have one son Joshua Goldsmith and Jerry has two step-children Amber Cantrell and Eric Vardeman. He was a wonderful grandfather of three grandsons and three granddaughters. He is the loving son to Geneva Lees."

Another driver who was hit in the crash was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Gurley never checked on any of the injured after the crash. His bond is set at $750,000.  He is due in court November 15.

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