A LARGE section of the local community is in mourning following the sudden deaths on Friday evening of two members of the same family.
Matthew Goldstein, 37, and his 15-year-old nephew Josh Beattie were killed instantly when thrown from the back of a Kawasaki ZX600F motorbike shortly before 5pm.
Josh was the pillion passenger, and was being given a lift to a friend’s place.
At the time of the accident the pair were travelling south along Millbank Road at Terara, which is popular among motorcycle riders because of its sweeping bends.
Mr Goldstein and Josh had just rounded one of these bends when the motorcycle left the bitumen and travelled along a grassy shoulder before both occupants were thrown from the bike.
A number of people who were near the accident performed CPR on both men, and this was continued by police and emergency workers when they arrived at the scene, however they could not be revived.
The deaths provided a major shock for the local region, with both the deceased well-known among large circles of friends.
A Year 10 student at Shoalhaven High School, Josh showed tremendous talent on his BMX bike and skateboard, and a push to have the new Nowra Skate Park named in his memory has already begun.
Just days before his death, he had been for an interview for his first job, working at Coles Supermarket in Nowra.
Within hours of his death, messages about Josh had already been placed on the new skate park and other locations around Nowra.
Josh’s father Michael Beattie said his son’s death “is a big loss for everyone”.
“He was loved by everybody who had anything to do with him,” an obviously shellshocked Mr Beattie said.
Mr Goldstein was a former chef who hit the headlines last year when he disappeared for several days, sparking a police hunt and appeal for information.
While he was found on that occasion, he is again at the centre of a police appeal for information
Police have asked for anyone who saw the accident that claimed the two young lives to contact Nowra Police Station on 4421 9699, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.