WAUSAU, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the State Attorney's Office, John Goedtke entered a no contest plea on January 23rd to three counts of DUI Manslaughter, one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death, and one count of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.
A press release said Goedtke admitted to hitting three linemen with his truck towing a U-Haul, then running away.
The crash happened on October 24, 2018. Four linemen were working to restore electricity after Hurricane Michael north of Wausau. Ryan Barrett, 22, George Cesil, 52, and James "Bo" Ussery, 61, were standing under power lines while Robert Morgan was working above them in a bucket truck.
Goedtke was driving and swerved to pass a line of cars. He lost control and drove into the three linemen on the side of the road.
Goedtke then ran away but was found six miles away.
George Cesil, Ryan Barrett, and Bo Ussery died from their injuries in the crash.
Officials say Goedtke had enough methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood to impair him.
Goedtke is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, January 27th, and faces a minimum of approximately 34 years in prison and a
maximum of life.
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