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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Sending prayers to his family and friends.


I have worked around the trains in both Sandusky as well as Bellvue as well as the north and one thing that bothers me is when say they didnt hear the trains coming . HOW IN THE WORLD CAN THEY SAY THEY DIDNT HEAR THEM IS TOTLE CRAP. You can hear them coming well before they get close enough to hit yea (unless you are deaf and blind} What was the guy doing on the tracks in that area to begin with ? that area is railroad property .
I feel bad that this guy died on the tracks . but lets stop sugar coating it


stop sugar coating yea....if you have worked around them, then you know there are conditions where you do not hear them, only feel them. But I don't think this was one of them. Fact is, he was trespassing and everyone wants answers, and the rest of them think they have them. Everyone needs to realize that the family is not the only ones affected here, the NS employees and all first responders are as well so they need to keep them in prayer too.


not mention , he is from Belleveue . HELLO , HAS ANYONE DROVE THROUGH THAT TOWN .Its worse for train traffic then Sandusky is . they have a lot of crossing in that area


Enough is enough! Please stop with the derogatory comments. A young man lost his life by accident or suicide and it's not our place to judge or condemn. He comes from a very loving and supportive family and I'm sure the reality of losing him is enough to deal with. I'm sure they don't need, want, or appreciate all of the negative comments. Have a heart and think about if this was your son or brother. Would you appreciate this? NO!! So please stop. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family as they deal with this horrific loss. God bless them all.


I think thst sugar coating the facts is not the answer , but facing the facts involved with this tragic is what the family needs to be able to understand what and why this happened

Yes I feel bad for the family , but that isnt going to help in understanding why this accured .

who knows why things happen in this world ? And to lose ones life in the manner that this kid lost is something that no oe will know for sure.cause the only one that could have told us is the that lost his life


It is a tragedy and finding a body without identification, unfortunately you turn to the news media for help so people can help identify the body. The comments on this site overall, there are a lot of uneducated, insecure people who just like to be heard and they come here because they can.
A family lost a son, brother, nephew, grandson, etc.....and because he had some personal demons he was dealing with, he chose death over living and facing them. It's horrible as a parent to know that you couldn't help your child. I hope the family isn't using this time to read insensitive comments by people who have no clue. You aren't going to stop it unless you stop allowing comments. If you had to use your real name, probably wouldn't be so bold, myself included I suppose.


Rest in peace David Whinnery. Heart felt sympathy to your family. Be Blessed.


I can relate to someone who is that 'close' to a train and tracks, that it's Not that hard to Not hear a train. Especially if it's coming from behind (the person walking) Especially and depending on weather conditions,(such as the wind blowing in a certain direction) I was involved in a freak accident in 1969, behind Perkins school, when the railroad tracks were still in use. During a sports activity and during school hours, we were all running from the school to get to the other side, the person behind me didn't make it across the tracks. I was the only one that was on the other side. I still cannot recall how I managed to get back to the side,over or under the train as it sat stopped, to where everyone else was. I know it doesn't sound feasible, but no one saw or heard that train until it was there. I remember feeling almost close enough to be 'sucked' back into the trains air draft. May this young man RIP.


Lets remember the train crew, not only the men and women on the unit that was involved, but all those who were involved in the clean up and repairs as well and many more. All officials who were involved at the scene, etc. DJ and his family are being prayed for as well, but his decision effected so many more people than people realize. The act of selfishness here is so sad and the thought that he felt it was the only way out is scary. God bless everyone who was affected here, I hope you find your answers and peace.


Also remember to remind everyone that walking along the tracks is not only very dangerous, but it is trespassing. So many dangers on the tracks that are not even considered.


Half of you "people" really need to find a hobby instead of using these blogs as chatrooms. SMH really?