In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!
FHP: Thonotosassa man faces DUI manslaughter charges in deaths of three Hurricane Michael linemen
FHP: Thonotosassa man faces DUI manslaughter charges in deaths of three Hurricane Michael linemen[John Roland Goedtke, 37, of Tampa, was arrested on Oct. 24, 2018, after he was accused in the hit-and-run deaths of two lineman who were working to restore power lost to Hurricane Michael in Washington County. [Washington County Sheriff's Office]]
John Roland Goedtke, 37, of Tampa, was arrested on Oct. 24, 2018, after he was accused in the hit-and-run deaths of two lineman who were working to restore power lost to Hurricane Michael in Washington County. [Washington County Sheriff's Office]
Carl LisciandrelloTimes staff writer
Daniel Figueroa IVTimes staff writer
Published: October 25, 2018
Updated: October 25, 2018 at 07:45 PM
A 37-year-old Thonotosassa man was driving while impaired and without a valid license on Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, when he plowed into three lineman working to restore power after Hurricane Michael.
All three lineman were killed, troopers said.
John Roland Goedtke kept driving, the Highway Patrol said. Now he faces multiple charges from the incident including vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.
Hillsborough County Jail records show Goedtke has a lengthy arrest record since 2000 on charges that include drug possession, domestic battery and driving with a revoked license.
His driving record shows a history of unpaid fines, license suspensions and then trouble for driving anyway. A December 2000 arrest included a charge of driving with a license that was permanently revoked.
Highway Patrol Lt. Eddie Elmore confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that Goedtke did not have a valid license at the time of the crash.
Goedtke was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 and towing a U-Haul trailer at the time, troopers said. He was headed north on State Road 77, south of Interstate 10 between Chipley and Wausau in one of Florida’s most storm-battered areas, according to the Highway Patrol.
About 6:50 p.m., troopers said, Goedtke hopped onto the east shoulder of S.R. 77.
Just off Talton Drive, George Cecil, a 52-year-old lineman from Cole Rain, N.C., and James Ussery, a 60-year-old lineman from Chipley, were working to restore power with lineman Ryan Barrett, 22, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Cecil and Barrett were Lee Electric employees visiting the state to help with relief following the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Ussery was an employee of West Florida Electric.
As Goedtke crossed Talton Drive, still driving on the highway’s shoulder, troopers said he struck the three lineman. He did not stop to check on the men or help them, but instead kept driving on the shoulder until he wound up in a ditch.
All three linemen died of their injuries.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Goedtke ran from the truck after he drove into the ditch, but was spotted by a Chipley police officer. He was detained by Washington deputies, then arrested by troopers and taken to the county jail.
Goedtke also has a history of fleeing arrest attempts. His Hillsborough arrest record includes four instances of fleeing to elude and one other charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.
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Note: I don't know all of my family but a person told me that and I quote:
Instead of it being a 4,500 killing machine....when you are towing a trailer it became a 7,500 pound towing machine with many...many times multiple weight added on to be even deadly....yes towing the trailer is a factor in these deaths.
Ron One Of The Lineman James Ussery was REDACTED Melancon Uncle... My last name is Melancon is that not right?
I consider all of us "Family" is that not true? Are we not from a creator? Don't we all have a universal goal.....?
Then I may add....don't you find it strange that we are the Only Organization Addressing accidents and death's from
"Passenger Vehicles That Tow Trailers?"
Since 1975 Over 28,000 dead and Since 1988 Over 1,000,000 Injured! and not a single government agency is addressing this.
But...................hey if the trailer's were carrying Red Solo Cups....and Yearbooks the Government would be sending the FBI after them if involved Bret Kavanaugh...
In Closing.....I stress that people who tow trailers are now 10 Times More Likely To cause an accident....and if you are drunk 100 times more likely.
How is trying to save lives ", as phrasing it the way you did comes off as a little opportunistic"
Nobody is funding us....and only the victims seem to care about all of these deaths.
My Family All Have Known about our efforts for years...and they did nothing.... I do have the right to point out the facts.
I have questions:
How was this person able to rent a U-Haul trailer with so many violations? Read the article: