Florida Highway Patrol Investigating Fatal Hit And Run That Killed Linemen

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The driver the Florida Highway Patrol says hit and killed two linemen Wednesday night now faces multiple felony charges.

According to a new release from the FHP, 37-year-old John Goedtke of Tampa has been charged with felony DUI manslaughter, felony vehicular homicide and felony leaving the scene of an accident. Additional charges are pending.

Killed in the accident were Chipley resident James Ussery, 60, and North Carolina resident George Cecil, 52.

The Florida Highway Patrol also released the name of the person injured, 22-year-old Ryan Barrett of Roanoke Rapids, NC, who was transported to Southeastern Medical Center in Dothan.

The crash happened at approximately 6:50 p.m., when according to the FHP, Goedtke was traveling northbound on State 77 towing a U-Haul trailer near Talton Drive. Goedtke’s vehicle left the roadway and struck the three utility workers as they were standing in a ditch attempting to restore power along State 77.

Goedtke fled the scene and was captured by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Washington County Jail..

Ussery was employed by West Florida Electric Co-Op and Barrett and Cecil were employed by Lee Electric Construction, Inc.

The accident remains under investigation.

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