Florida Highway Patrol investigating hit-and-run that killed electrical linemen

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DOTHAN, AL (WMBB) — Three linemen were killed after being hit by a driver on State Route 77 in Florida Wednesday night.

According to a release by the Florida Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Ryan Barrett, of Roanoke Springs North Carolina, died Thursday at the Southeastern Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama.

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

The driver of the vehicle, 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.

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

Goedtke fled the scene but 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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