Goodman dies following accident

Published 2:09 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christopher James “C.J.” Goodman, 23, is being remembered for his kind, charismatic personality.

Goodman, of Farmville, died as a result of the injuries he received following being struck by an eastbound vehicle on West Third Street while riding a skateboard the night of Oct. 31 at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Farmville Police Chief A.Q. “Andy” Ellington said the Farmville Police Department received confirmation of Christopher James “C.J.” Goodman’s death Friday afternoon.

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According to Farmville Police Department Sgt. G. L. Williams, the patient was air-lifted from Centra Southside Community Hospital to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

“Investigation determined the skateboarder entered (West) Third (Street) from Cormier Drive,” police said. “The skateboarder was not a college student.”

When Farmville spokesperson Kate Pickett Eggleston was asked last Wednesday for the subject’s name, she said “we cannot give out that information at this time.”

She later said his name had not been released because police were waiting until proper notification of the next of kin could be made. Eggleston said the driver of the vehicle has not been charged with any violations.

A GoFundMe has been established to help pay for Goodman’s funeral by Courtney Rusk.

Rusk said he found out that he was going to be a father three days before the accident and that the funds are to help support his family with the funeral and the birth of his child, whose due date is June 12, 2018. She said his girlfriend is Corie Ratliff.

Rusk said Goodman was a close friend of hers and Zachry Lane’s childhood best friend. Lane is Rusk’s boyfriend.

“C.J. was the most kind, unique, charismatic person that I have ever met in my life,” Lane said. “He lived life the way everyone should, never worrying what others thought.”

Lane said Goodman understood him to his core and always joined him for adventures.

“CJ was always true to who he was. He never met a single stranger, and once you were his friend, he cared so much for you,” Lane said. “CJ truly loved life, and figured out how to live it the right way, maybe that’s why he was taken so soon. I was so lucky to be able to call him my best friend.”

The GoFundMe in place for Goodman can be found at:

The page has a goal of $5,000 and had raised $2,370 as of Monday.