Day of turmoil ended in tragedy

CLYDE A Clyde resident involved in a fight at a home Tuesday morning may have been returning there t
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CLYDE

A Clyde resident involved in a fight at a home Tuesday morning may have been returning there to collect a debt when he was killed in an accident involving an eastbound Norfolk Southern train.

The body of Terrence Standifer, 48, of May Street was found beside the railroad tracks behind and just west of First Baptist Church, 620 Brown St. The accident was reported at 8:42 p.m., about 20 minutes after Standifer left a bar on Buckeye Street.

Both the train's conductor and engineer reported seeing a bicycle laying on the tracks near the intersection of May Street and Parker Avenue, and Standifer laying motionless just outside the rails. Sgt. Det. Mark Roach said Standifer's torn clothing indicated he may have been snagged by the train as it passed by.

Standifer reportedly had been drinking before arriving at the home of Jeff Goedicke, 46, of the 200 block of Parker Ave., at 4:42 a.m. to collect a $100 debt. An altercation ensued, during which Standifer was punched several times, Roach said.

At 5:22 a.m., Standifer was driving his car when he stopped by police on East McPherson Highway and charged with driving under the influence. He complained of injuries from the fight and was taken by life squad to The Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated and released.

He was last seen about 8:20 p.m. at Agitator Alley on Buckeye Street.

Roach said Standifer may have been heading back to Goedicke's residence on the bicycle when he either passed out or fell. A path alongside the tracks led in the direction of Goedicke's house.

The bicycle was struck by the train and dragged about 1,500 feet.

A spokesman for Norfolk Southern referred calls to Clyde police.