Crumbled brick at the base of the Melrose Motel sign, a detached headlight cover and shattered glass strewn across the grass are evidence of an early morning crash that left one dead and five others injured.
Nicholas Codispoti, 22, of Sandusky died at Firelands Regional Medical Center due to injuries from the accident.
Long-time friend of the family, Allie Lerro, 21, said she learned of the accident from Codispoti's sister. Lerro described Codispoti as charismatic and loving.
"I grew up with him," Lerro said. "He was like my brother. I never had a brother. It's really a great loss. This is a huge loss."
Marisa Roberts, 19, of Norwalk was driving with five other people at 4:40 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 6, east of Griffing Airport. The car, a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, drove off the side of the road, hit a utility pole then a brick structure before coming to a stop.
Roberts was taken by medical helicopter to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. She was in critical condition as of Sunday evening.
Front passenger Jesse Reising, 20, of Berlin Heights was taken to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. Reising was in fair condition as of Sunday evening.
Left rear passenger Jordan Whinnery, 21, of Sandusky was taken by medical helicopter to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. Whinnery was in fair condition as of Sunday evening.
Rear passenger Elizabeth Schnable, 19, of Berlin Heights was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Schnable was in serious condition as of Sunday evening.
A 16-year-old girl of Berlin Heights was also riding in the rear of the car. She was taken by medical helicopter to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland.
According to information from the Sandusky Post of the State Highway Patrol, there was light rain at the time of the crash. Alcohol is also considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. There have been no charges filed.