Police ID man killed by train

David Whinnery II, 23, was Bellevue native; remembered as skilled basketball player
Sandusky Register Staff
Apr 23, 2013

Sandusky police have identified the man who died Monday afternoon when he was struck by a train near Venice Road and Tiffin Avenue.

David Whinnery II, 23, was a Bellevue native, but police say his current address is in the 4800 block of Lisbon Circle in Sandusky. He died at about 4:30 p.m. Monday when a train struck him as he was walking along the tracks near the west-side overpass under construction.

Police said there's no indication of foul play. In speaking to family members, police learned Whinnery was dealing with some "personal issues."

An employee at Norfolk-Southern told police that he saw Whinnery walking along the trucks, and then suddenly disappear at the front of a train. As of early Monday afternoon, police had not classified the incident as a suicide.

Whinnery is remembered as a skilled basketball player at Bellevue High.

According to Register sports editor Mark Hazelwood:

Whinnery was a three-time selection to the All-Northern Ohio League second team for the Redmen, and scored more than 850 points in his career. He is best remembered for a Feb. 7, 2007 game against Upper Sandusky in his junior season, when the Redmen upset the eventual league champion Rams.

Future Ohio State star and Ohio high school basketball's all-time leading scorer, Jon Diebler, put on a show in the game at Bellevue, scoring 69 points. However, with the game tied at 90 in the closing seconds, Whinnery launched an off-balance prayer 3-pointer that went in at the buzzer for a 93-90 win. The Bellevue student section immediately mobbed Whinnery on the floor in celebration.

Watch video of the game-winning shot in the player below

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Comments

camero

the trains dont go fast in that area so i think there is more to the story like suicide and if so that is so sad. If you lived here for more then a day you know the trains go about 5-10mph right there

PaulYall

That's too bad..thoughts and prayers to his family and friends!

camero

of course i guess he could of fell into the train either way it a terruble loss

The Answer Person

I can't believe that another tragic situation is once again reduced to a lame and worthless discussion about SPORTS!!!!!!!!! Get a life people.

JACKEL

What would you rather say about him what he failed to do.I think his accomplishments whether it be sports or any any area are well remembered !

The Answer Person

Sadly, with all of the psycho-push on SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS, these young men have their high point in life in high school and there is NOTHING for them to follow...or at lest that is how it appears to them. Tragically they get little push towards education and future. All which will take one to success and happiness. Very very sad.

Left Sandtown

007-put up court docket.He was picked up Sun-3 charges and was to be in court today.This is very sad,please bless his family and friends.

Cowboy

What are the charges, just so I know if I should feel sorry here?

SoldOnAcorns

OVI, drug abuse and speeding. Very sad if he took his own life because of this.

Left Sandtown

Speeding,drug abuse-?,ovi-.099,only 3 charges he`s had in Erie county courts/but if this wasn`t a accident,he had options.Bless his family and friends.

Mallory01

Very sad day! He had good parents and I feel bad for the family. David.... Rest in peace!

Mallory01

Very sad day! He had good parents and I feel bad for the family. David.... Rest in peace!

Left Sandtown

Hope someone can come on and shed some light on this,two of his charges had waive options,speeding/drug abuse and he had no priors.Go figure.

Just Because

Please don't condemn! Pray for him and his family in their time of loss!!! You wouldn't want anyone airing your laundry on a blog... Peace to DJ's family & many friends!

Julie R.

This is sad. Such a nice-looking young man with his whole life in front of him.

RIP, David.

Cowboy

Yeah thats no reason to take your life. RIP

MBR

My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Kottage Kat

Prayers to the family and friends of this young man
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Unassumer

camaro is printed right on the car and he still can't spell it.

pavedparadise

And we have another spelling wizard.

happyfeet64

RIP DJ and I'm so sorry for your loss to his family and friends

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The Answer Person
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 2:33pm

I can't believe that another tragic situation is once again reduced to a lame and worthless discussion about SPORTS!!!!!!!!! Get a life people.

( Maybe...just maybe, being only 23 years old this was a big part of his life, his passion? The tribute was more than appropriate. Thank you SR.)

Left Sandtown
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 2:34pm

007-put up court docket.He was picked up Sun-3 charges and was to be in court today.This is very sad,please bless his family and friends.

(Oh yeah.....spill the nastiness but God bless'em Lord...how repugnant.)

Cowboy
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 2:54pm

What are the charges, just so I know if I should feel sorry here?

(The lack of compassion on this thread is stunning.)

Prayers to the family. RIP David.

nobodycares

suicide = a permanant solution to a temperary problem >.....

Left Sandtown

Mime/I didn`t know the Lord was on vaction and left you in charge.Thanks for the info.I will bless who and what I feel,but also pray for you!

Tool Box

Now that was the funniest thing said all day! LMFAO!

Unassumer

God quit that stupid minimum wage job years ago and no one is in charge. Can't ya tell?

sandfreak13

This is just literally right across from me about maybe 1000 ft and the trains don't go that fast here. They maybe go 5-15 mph because this is an load and unload zone!! This guy prob committed suicide! But he was to cute to have been suicidal ! But everyone can be ! I wouldn't wanna be the driver of the train, I wouldn't drive for a while and claim mental anguish! Lets not just think of this guys family, think about the guy who ran him over how he feels..

Good 2 B Me

Too cute to have been suicidal?

Are you stupid?

Ray of sunshine

Some of the people that comment on this story are down right RUDE!! DJ was a VERY loved guy who will be missed VERY much and you all need to consider how his family and dear friends will feel when they read your comment. The comments are NOT meant to be used for fighting about one thing or another so just stop NOW!!!

my2

Sandusky Register, Can you please stop allowing people to comment on such tragic and personal issues? Everyone is welcome to their own opinion, but please voice it over the kitchen table with others that are probably like you. There is no excuse for people to be this nasty, whatever the reason for his death. Allowing these comments only perpetuates the lack of compassion we obviously have as a society. Sad.

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