Crash victim's identity pending dental record verification

Two men died Sunday morning in a fiery crash when their pickup veered off the road and slammed into a tree before ricocheting into a house at East Perkins and Remington avenues.
Andy Ouriel
Feb 27, 2012

Two men died Sunday morning in a fiery crash when their pickup veered off the road and slammed into a tree before ricocheting into a house at East Perkins and Remington avenues.

The passenger, Bradley Vickery, 30, of Bellevue, was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center shortly after the wreck.  

The driver, an Erie County man, died at the scene. His body was so badly burned that authorities have yet to confirm his identity. He was taken to Lucas County for an autopsy where coroners are waiting for dental records.

Neither man was wearing a seat belt and it's still unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said.  

Both bodies were taken to the Lucas County coroner's office for autopsies. The coroner plans to identify the driver by inspecting his dental records.

“By tomorrow afternoon, we should have some positive ID,” Erie County coroner Brian Baxter said.

Six people who were sleeping inside the home when the pickup smashed through it are all safe, said Candy Blanton, who is related to the home's occupants.

The six, including two children, narrowly escaped disaster — the truck sparked a massive fire when it slammed into an exterior wall, Blanton said.

The 1997 Ford F-150 was headed west on Perkins Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. when it went off the right side of the road and struck a tree in a yard. The collision with the tree ejected both men from the truck, Highway Patrol troopers said. The truck then spun around and smashed into the house, triggering a fire.

The tree no doubt took the brunt of the blow from the truck, keeping it from from tearing completely into the house, Blanton said.

Sandusky firefighters arrived within minutes, finding the truck fully engulfed and the outside of the house burning as well. By then, the six people in the home had escaped and were waiting in a mini-van parked nearby.  

Crews had the fire under control by 3:57 a.m., firefighters said.

Bystanders had pulled Vickery away from the crash scene. After firefighters snuffed the blaze, they found the driver's badly burned body lying between the vehicle and the house.

The home sustained about $10,000 in damage from fire and smoke, firefighters said.

 At about 11 a.m. Sunday, Blanton was snapping pictures inside and outside the home, documenting her family’s losses for insurance purposes.

What was salvaged, however, were six innocent lives, Blanton said.

“We’re very lucky,” said Blanton, whose mother Vickie is the home’s main tenant. “It’ a horrible accident. I feel terrible.”

Blanton said her six relatives are now staying in a hotel courtesy of the American Red Cross.

Neighbor Charles Pfefferkorn called 911 Sunday morning to report the crash. He said he noticed the carnage from across the street when he woke up to use the bathroom.

“All of a sudden, I see some sparks and flames come up,” he said. “Then the first started getting real big. It was a hell of a scene.”

Remnants from the pickup, including parts of the dashboard, were still strewn about East Perkins Avenue late Sunday.

Some pieces, including tire rubber, flew several hundred feet in the air before landing in neighbors' yards and driveways.

“It’s beyond belief,” said neighbor James Beal, who lives one house west of the crash scene.

Vickery, a 2000 Bellevue High School graduate, was revered by his peers. Students rewarded him with a superlative for having “the prettiest eyes” in the entire class.

But it was his personality that attracted so many people to him, classmate Andrea Sommers said.

“He was one of the nicest guys I know,” Sommers said. “He was never in trouble and just a really good guy.”



@Unassumer - What exactly was "reported" in that video?


I would like to thank everyone for the POSITIVE thoughts and prayers. How tasteless are some of these comments. I know something you don't know, shame on you!!!!! This family is suffering a great deal! These boys will always be in our thought and prayers. You have the right to speak freely but do you have to be disrespectful to the family and to the deceased???  Brad and Jason you will be so missed with your gorgeous eyes may you RIP!!!!


That's a 35 mph zone where the accident occurred. Saying the driver may not have been at fault is just stupid. He was driving wasn't he? Do you think that kind of devastation ocurred at 35 mph? Did that tree just jump out in front of him? He was definitely speeding. I'm very sorry it happened. I lost my best friend at age 25 because of HIS own stupitity while driving. The passenger in his car was also killed. Circumstances are pretty similar actually. I didn't try to blame someone else. It was entirely my friend's fault. That was 30 years ago. People just want to blame something/anything else nowadays.There's no personal responsibilty.

Good 2 B Me

That Candy Chick is not too bad looking...


 Good 2 B Me....I think she is HAWT !


You never will know what happened...they very well could have been speeding.  But if even going 35-40 mph there and loosing a centerlink or tie rod they could have been thrown into the tree easily .  Until all the details come back..say prayers and stop judging.  Accidents do happen, but people are also responsible for them at times.  But the more important thing is that 2 people are dead, say a prayer for their souls and family insteas of wasting time out here judging others, and thank god for the family still alive.



According to "facts" from family member, the 2 boys driving were cousins. 




Unfortunatly the information that you have recieved is incorrect, they were in fact brothers.


 im sorry for the loss of the two young men but the renters of the house where a good friend of mine and lost everything.


One was said to be 30.  Was the other brother younger or older.  Prayers for their families.


To watch my sister so full of grief and sorrow and to see her in so much pain is heart-wrenching. 

For those who have expressed sympathy and condolences, we deeply and sincerely thank you.  For those who have been less supportive, I can only hope that none of you will ever experience or feel this kind of loss. 


Wow, so some of you have no thought or emotions apparently. We are facing a lifetime w/o two people, our family is forever changed. Whatever the cause, lets remember that other people were spared and no one else was hurt. There is No good to come of pointing fingers. Please stop with the negative talk.

Those two< Jason and Brad, were my cousins and were good people. We will always remember you. 


Just watched the video

So they interviewed someone who wasnt even there?

And wow that little IDK at the end was kind of LAME

Please dont discuss my cousin burning to death like its "I dont know", dumb sounding

Just Thinkin

@ UNION GUY , With you all the way ! This is one of those stories that need no blogging


I watched the video, dont see a problem with it. 

Condolensces to the family of the deceased.  Prayers for the both families.  I can only assume that the family that resided in the E Perkins Ave home is feeling a great deal of devastation as well as the family that lost two of its members.  Not for the physical damage to their home, but knowing that they helpless in being able to do something for the men involved in the accident. 


There's nothing wrong with the video or the stories about this accident. News is news is news. And yes, I speak as someone with exprience.

I'm sorry if the stories, videos, and comments bring the family of those who were killed more pain, but the truth is a simple one: When it's NOT about you, you're rarely offended, but when it IS about you, of COURSE it's personal! I don't blame you for feeling worse, but at the same time, if the news is disturbing to you at this time, avoid it.