More Charges in Deadly Ocholocknee River Crash

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By Julie Montanaro
August 14, 2014

A Tallahassee man is now facing more charges in a deadly plunge into the Ochlocknee River.

Jeffrey Rushing was arrested last week and accused of driving his truck off a boat ramp and into the Ochlocknee River - with a friend inside.

Rushing was able to get out, arrest papers say, but his friend 20 year old Jordan Nadeau drowned.

Rushing was initially arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, court records show.

Prosecutors tell us they are now adding charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Prosecutors are still awaiting toxicology reports - but arrest papers say Rushing admitted to using drugs and drinking more than a dozen beers in the hours before the crash.


A Tallahassee Community College student accused of killing his classmate by accidentally driving into the Ochlocknee River is out of jail.

Jeffrey Rushing, 20, is free on bond after making his first court appearance Monday.

It all started with what was supposed to be a fun weekend with friends.

According to court records, Rushing first showed up at a home in the 2500 block of Golden Park Lane at about four o'clock Friday afternoon.

Five friends were there including Jordan Nedeau.

"There's usually just lots of friends, I guess people they know all the time over there, driveway is always full," said neighbor Sean Powell.

Rushing told a Leon County Sheriff's detective he drank several beers hanging out at the home then went to a club at about 8 Friday night.

He says the friends returned to the home about 2 Saturday morning for an after party.

At about 4, Rushing says Jordan told him she wanted to leave.

Rushing says following Jordan's directions, he drove down Tower Road and accidentally past the boat ramp into the Ochlocknee River.

He says he was able to escape, but couldn't open the passenger door or break the window to get Jordan out.

A dive team later found the vehicle and Jordan's body.

"It's a terrible tragedy for a family and it's a nightmare for both families," said Tim Jansen, Rushing's attorney.

John Nedeau, a former pitcher for Florida State's baseball team in the early 90's, is Jordan's father.

He says Rushing was friends with Jordan's boyfriend.

He also says Jordan graduated with honors from Chipley High School in Washington County and was attending TCC.

He says Jordan was planning to go to FSU once she was finished at TCC.

John says his FSU baseball family has been very supportive, including when his dad died in his 40's when John was playing for the Seminoles.

He says they're also supportive now as he faces the tragic loss of his daughter.

Rushing told the detective in the roughly 12 hours before the accident, he had one xanax pill,1 liquor shot, 1 line of powder cocaine, two bumps of powder cocaine and about 14 beers.

Rushing was released on a $10,000 bond.

As part of the terms of his release, he'll be tested for drugs and alcohol, must live with his parents in Gadsden County and can't drive.


Press Release by LCSO

Tallahassee, Fla.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jeffrey Rushing, 20, in connection with the death of Jordan Rae Nedeau, 20, after deputies learned Rushing drove his 2001 Isuzu Rodeo into the Ochlockonee River near the end of Tower Road with Nedeau inside.

At 9:22 am on August 2, 2014, a Leon County Deputy responded to a call in reference to a man being passed out near a business at Woodlane Circle and Capital Circle NW. The deputy made contact with the man and identified him as Rushing. He was transported to 2513 Golden Park Lane after being informed that he had walked away from a party while intoxicated.

At 4:40 pm on August 2, 2014, Rushing went to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office with his mother and told deputies that he needed to provide them with additional information. Deputies then learned that
Rushing and Nedeau had been with friends the previous evening at a local night club and then later at the Golden Park Lane residence. Deputies learned that Rushing became intoxicated at the Golden Park Lane residence and left driving his Isuzu Rodeo with Nedeau as a passenger.

Detectives determined that Rushing was driving in the area of Tower Road. LCSO’s Tactical Dive Team responded and located the vehicle submerged in the Ochlockonee River and recovered Nedeau’s body
inside at 1:20 am on August 3, 2014. Rushing was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

Preliminary results from an autopsy performed on August 3, 2014, indicated Nedeau’s death was due to drowning. This investigation is continuing and any additional information will be released when
available.


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