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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