Man who struck three linemen during Hurricane Michael cleanup enters an open plea

John Roland Goedetke

CHIPLEY — A Florida man who was arrested and charged after three linemen were killed when struck by his vehicle during Hurricane Michael cleanup has entered a guilty plea.

John Roland Goedetke on Thursday entered a plea to DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a death and driving while license suspended in the Oct. 25, 2018, accident that caused the deaths of Ryan Barrett, 22; George Cecil, 52; and James Ussery, 61, who were working to restore power in Washington County after the storm.

Goedetke’s sentencing hearing is set for Monday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Goedetke was driving north on State Road 77 near the intersection of Talton Road when his vehicle traveled onto the shoulder, striking the linemen. He fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended with the assistance of the Chipley Police Department.

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