Man, 21, Dies in Motorcycle Crash on Same Day He Was Set to Become a Godfather: 'I Wish This on Nobody'

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Joseph Cole Southern
Joseph Cole Southern


Friends and family are paying tribute to a North Carolina man who died in a motorcycle accident this week.

According to FOX affiliate WGHP, 21-year-old Joseph "Cole" Southern died Monday night after he was involved in a crash while riding his motorcycle. According to the outlet, officials say a vehicle crossed into the center lane of the road and hit Southern and another motorcyclist, who was taken to a local hospital.

"I wish this on nobody, and I thought about it, and I kept crying, but the only way that I can tell you. The joy and the love that you feel when you have a child born, you reverse it in pain," said Joe Southern, Cole's father, told WGHP.

"It's that much pain, it's unbelievable," he added. "Pain that I wish on no one."

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told NBC affiliate WXII that charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle who crashed into the motorcyclists. NCHP did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Friday. The Charlotte Observer reported that the driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

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While speaking to WGHP, Cole's best friend, Jalon Moorefield, said he had made Cole the godfather of his daughter, a child who was born just 12 hours after the accident.

"We had already agreed previously that he was going to be her godfather," Moorefield told WGHP, "and he said 'No matter the time no matter the day no matter the place, I'll be there.' That's just what keeps playing on repeat."

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"It's not really a feeling, I felt before, the feeling of losing somebody and gaining somebody at the same time," he said of Cole's death and his daughter's birth.

According to the outlet, Cole was also expecting a child with his fiancée.

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In his obituary, loved ones called Cole "a very loving and giving person" who was "compassionate towards others his entire life, having a heart so big that he would give when he didn't have to give."