Car strikes, kills pedestrian

Portions of West Bogart Road closed
Sandusky Register Staff
Oct 23, 2013

UPDATED 9 p.m.: Troopers said the victim is Edward Bikulcius, 85, of the 800 block of W. Bogart Road in Perkins Township. It's unknown if he died at the scene or later at the hospital.

Pick up Wednesday's Register for the full story.

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A car struck and killed a pedestrian on West Bogart Road Tuesday evening, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said.

The victim's identity has yet to be released and Highway Patrol troopers are still at the scene.

A Chevy Impala was headed east on West Bogart Road when at about 7:30 p.m., near Normandy Court, it struck a pedestrian. The crash scene is just west of Columbus Avenue.

The 800 to 900 blocks of W. Bogart Road are closed until further notice, troopers said.

 

Comments

lmalley77

Prayers to the victim and family!!..I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to walk on the side of a dimly lit road at night time!!...In the last couple of months alone, I have nearly hit 3 different people that were walking the dark roadway between Eats and Treats and the Convenient store on Perkins avenue because you can't see these people in the dark until you are right up on them!!!....And I am a VERY careful driver, but had I been a few inches to the right, on any given instance, I would have hit these people at 45 mph, as that is the speed limit on that stretch of road!...Please people, if you must walk after dark on the side of the road, wear light colored clothing and if possible, a jacket or shoes with a good reflector!...Also, do NOT walk as close to the road as possible, walk in the grass, whatever you have to do to not be on the actual road!....Sorry if I sound like I'm ranting, I just know how very scared I was when it was me who almost hit someone walking in the dark...again...prayers for the victim and family! :(

lifetimeresident

Does anyone know who it was. Prayers go out to both familys.

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yedr556

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VOTENO

Prayers for the family

kal-el

Wow. You're a real piece of sh**

VOTENO

Prayers for the family

rottnrog

I'll bet if it said VOTE NO you wouldn't say that !!! :o)

The Bizness

This area desperately needs more rights of ways for cyclists and pedestrians commute. We have had bunch of these stories in the last 6 months. Thinking about this man and his loved ones.

KnuckleDragger

You're kidding right? That area is semi-rural. If you want more rights of way for bicyclists and pedestrians they should be limited to main throughfares like 250 and Perkins Ave and downtown. Take your idea to the county along with a check to pay for it. So few people use bikes or their feet for transportation you are not likely to find anyone that is willing to spend tax dollars for it.

The Bizness

You are kidding right? Huron did what I am saying on this very road. I agree with you on 250, and Columbus Ave. Being able to safely ride a bike from Sandusky, to Perkins, to Huron using Columbus Ave. and Bogart Rd. sounds like a great idea to me.

Spending tax dollars on infrastructure improvements sounds like a terrible idea does it not?

KnuckleDragger

Spending tax dollars on infrastructure improvements sounds like a terrible idea does it not?

Only if those improvements are beneficial to job growth and increasing the income of area residents. Things like bike trails which would be used by a small minority but cost millions to install and keep up won't create jobs. Let's put money towards projects that will benefit most area residents and bring jobs before we worry about luxury items like bike trails.

The Bizness

I completely disagree with you. Bike lanes, get people outdoors, and create a sense of community. This area is heavily traveled by cyclist and we would create even more of a draw for cyclist to come to our area.

By widening roads a couple feet, you improve infrastructure white also giving people an alternative means of transportation. Healthier people, you could argue increase the value of the area.

Many companies want to be in an area that they see is progressive when it comes to alternative transportation and out door activity options.

coasterfan

KnuckleDragger indeed... Interesting that he places zero value on the most important reason for infrastructure maintenance and improvement: public safety. I'm not surprised, since KD's political party is well-known for putting profits above public safety. We, of course, know where that leads...BP oil spill...exploding grain elevators in Texas...bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Odd that a party who supposedly is so worried about America's future cares so little about Americans' safety in the present.

The Bizness

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rjoh

I wonder if he was walking with traffic,instead of walking against traffic.
If he was walking against traffic he would have seen the car.If he was walking with traffic he wouldn't have seen the car. I used to live in the country with no lights. If I was out after dark I was always careful to walk against traffic.

Centauri

Sunset time: 6:46 PM

Did the driver have headlights on as required by law?

What about having your vehicle under control at all times?

Blame the dead pedestrian. Dead people cannot talk as to what really happened.

Unassumer

the stupid comments never cease to amaze me! posting on the SR won't ensure a thorough investigation by the police. generally they investigate everything thoroughly even though it may not measure up to your insane standards.

KnuckleDragger

Unless it was an older car, most turn on headlights automatically when it starts to get dark. Just sayin'.

G George I du kno

I think you are all jumping to conclusions! Let the Police investigate and they will figure out exactly what happened. It takes time and I am sure there will be an update at the conclusion of everything! Why make accusations and assumptions when all the facts haven't been reported!

Centauri

"I think you are all jumping to conclusions! Let the Police investigate and they will figure out exactly what happened. It takes time and I am sure there will be an update at the conclusion of everything! Why make accusations and assumptions when all the facts haven't been reported!"

I am asking questions to make sure that a proper investigation will take place. I recall that an Ohio pedestrian was killed because she wore dark clothing several minutes before sunset. The driver was not charged. The victim was blamed.

ladydye_5

Yes, because we all know the police check this comment section for proper procedures on how to do a "PROPER INVESTIGATION". Good thing you listed those questions for them, otherwise they might have forgot.

pptrsha

WONDERFUL. thank you for posting that

bobshumway92

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lifetimeresident

What a #$%@% way to die. Living good at 85 and this happens right by the house. So sad for this man and his family, to both familys. RIP.

Simple Enough II

Hope the driver wasn't using a cellphone at the time!

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2cents

It is sad these things happen, another of our greatest generation lost!

Ironically I was asking myself the day before this happened while driving on Strub road about all these signs I see now a days, some very large. Is it not law that the small political signs must be up no more than 30 days before an election then taken down the following day? If you leave a sign up for over a month should you not need to buy a sign permit? What are the rules and who is enforcing them?

EZOB

Anyone who has driven for a few years knows the total lack of respect shown to other drivers (Road Rage). rolling stops and pulling right out in front of you to where you hit the brakes hard. These same people are driving by you when you are walking close to a road or on a bicycle. We are all familiar with the sun in our eyes early mornings and late evenings. To bicycle on Bogart Rd., I know it's okay by law, is suicide. While walking you should face the traffic and be ready to jump out of the way.

Unassumer

well the law says you're supposed to ride with the traffic and most likely you wouldn't have time to 'jump out of the way' no matter which way you were going. cars are faster than bikes.

powerhouser

To the screen name cowards bobshumway92 and voteno that sign is in my yard and had nothing to do with it. Have some respect for the mans family. Keep your ignorant, hateful comments to yourself. Or come see me in person. J. Balduff

bobshumway92

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Kelly

Since the accident wasn't anywhere near Strub, yes, it's still ignorant.

powerhouser

MY sign is on Bogart Rd. . Who are you besides a "screen-coward" ? And I doubt your story. kids don't randomly hide behind signs and "dart" in front of cars. nice try.

bobshumway92

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The Bizness

You are, it seems like after reading this discussion.

The man with the sign is obviously not ignorant since he made the sign, and he is trying to educate the people in the community.

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lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated

Kelly

Apparently all of the Justice for Jake people. Those signs are huge.

bobshumway92

Kelly I agree with you. No matter what the message is on the sign.

Good 2 B Me

Yes they do. We always used to do it growing up. I still see kids do that regularly.

powerhouser

Who are you my cowardly friend ?

bobshumway92

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KnuckleDragger

Having driven past his sign, apparently he is unaware that it is sitting within the right of way and in order to be in compliance with the law it needs to be moved back approx 10ft. If the victims family figures this out he will likely be sued whether it actually played a factor or not.

Perkins2060

I always wonder why these yes voters feel the need to erect monster signs that support their cause. Regardless if this particular sign was involved in this accident or not, it's dangerous. What are the regulations regarding these signs? Is there a size limit? If not, there should be.

Kelly

Yep, same for the Justice for Jake signs.

VOTENO

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Kelly

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Ithink

Wow--you are really something. I'm guessing since you don't like the Justice For Jake signs, you're not a mother, are seriously misguided, know one -or are one- of the 3 people that were there when Jake died, and lastly, are a simpleton.

Just Thinkin

AHH ! reading these posts takes me back to my childhood and first grade, thanks for the memories,i can still here my classmates bickering and pointing fingers over , well childish things . PS May god bless and be with all involved,

Just Thinkin

Perkins,you cant use a 4x8 sheet of wood ,but if you cut off a 6 inch triangle from each corner it brings it into the legal square ft, size, notice all big signs have the corner's cut, !!

bobshumway92

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oldpirate

Hey Bob keep talkin! Your true ignorance just shines right on. I would like to apologize to the family for the lack respect shown by voteno and bob, This is not the forum for the negative trash.

bobshumway92

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shucks

Humble pied.

spamalot

How are the levy supporting signs any different than the "Justice for Jake and Ella" signs??

gene44870

And it might not be a bad idea to walk against the flow of traffic when you have to walk on any roadway and never go with the flow of traffic .You can see them as well as they can see you , and always wear light color clothes .

Perkins Resident

I wasn't going to comment on this out of respect for the families involved, but I feel I need to. Before I do, my thoughts and prayers are with the families, both the driver, and the deceased. I drive a lot around here and I see the large signs in question every day. These signs are a lot bigger than the standard signs that are handed out by businesses and political candidates. I feel there should be a size limit and a placement location clearly spelled out in the law. There are a few rather large signs placed about the area that concern me. Their size and location are my major concerns. I ask that anyone reading this that has any sign on their property to please take another look at size and placement of their sign. Not all are of concern to me, but there are a few. I will not point any one in particular out. Please everyone just take a second look. Thank you in advance for doing so. People drive like they are in a race and their are enough distractions inside their vehicles. Let's do our best to keep the distractions down outside the vehicle. We can all do our part and help keep our community safe for all.

SamAdams

What a tragic accident...Sympathies to the family of the victim, but sympathies also to the driver (unless the driver was impaired, but that doesn't sound likely right now).

I do a lot of walking myself, but have never had a problem. My mommy taught me to look both ways before crossing the street! In areas where there are no sidewalks (like this one), it's up to the pedestrian to stay off of the roadway however he or she can. If the car didn't swerve off the road, then, like it or not, this was entirely the victim's fault.

Signs CAN be an issue at corners where crossing traffic can't see well. But a pedestrian can peek around the sign, or go to the other side of the sign, to check for oncoming traffic. Again, it's sad but true: STILL the pedestrian's fault.

Eph 2 8-10

Someone asked me if there were any poisonous snakes in the Sandusky area. I said just some people.

spamalot

Kelly, just saw your comment on the same signs. Where I live, there is an overabundance of them. I'm not saying anything against the message at all, trust me, it's a great way to show support (for that cause, supporting the levy, or even NOT supporting the levy, whatever the case may be). To blame it on the sign is ridiculous. Let's think of the man whose yard it was in for having to experience this, the driver of the car for what they'll have to endure for the rest of their life, and most importantly, the loss of Mr Bikulcius' life.

anonymous419

Okay really almost all of you are acting childish. Have some class. If you wanna argue, argue face to face good god not on the internet

Ithink

Whether you are driving or walking, there are going to be obstacles that you will encounter and have to maneuver around; i.e., signs, shrubbery, other vehicles, and people. It's called responsibility. May God be with both families at this time.

Erie Countian

I heard on the radio this morning that the victim was crossing the road. I'm thinking that the victim was just getting his mail and didn't get back across the road before he was struck. I live on a rural road and I've always been thankful my mailbox is on MY side of the highway, because people drive fast, often above the speed limit. Driving out here I frequently see people running across the road to retrieve their mail and then running back before the next car comes along. If you miscalculate the traffic's speed, you could easily be hit, especially at night on a busy road like Bogart. I don't think signs had anything to do with this, and those commenters who are using the reports of this man's death as a snarky means to joke about or promote their "Vote No" or "Vote Yes" agendas should be ashamed of themselves. Sympathy to the family of the deceased and prayers to the poor folks that hit him. A tragic accident, indeed.

From the Grave

So did a SIGN get hit, or was it a HUMAN BEING...

Good 2 B Me

The Comment Judicial System has decided that the sign was guilty.

KURTje

While sad it is true. Attended many viewings of old folks who had farm accidents. My friend (18) was killed by an old man with tonnage of lime who went left of center.

doratheexplorer

Sometimes accidents just happen!!!

SASSYMOMMY8403

Ed was a nice guy and may he rest in peace with out all your negative comments about him walking on the road. you dont know why he was out there so dont say anything about it. Ardis my thoughts and prays are with you im gonna miss him!

rjoh

the whole story from the Norwalk paper(also available on this website)
Norwalk Reflector StaffOct 22, 2013 The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian being hit by a car.

The crash occurred at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday on Bogart Road west of Columbus Avenue in Perkins Township.

Steven L. Dickman, 61, of 13309 Patten Tract Road, Monroeville, was driving a 2012 Chevy Impala east on Bogart when Edward A. Bikulcius, 85, of 809 W. Bogart Road, Sandusky, was walking across the road from a north to south direction, troopers said. Bikulcius was in the eastbound lane of traffic when he was struck by Dickman’s vehicle.

Bikulcius was transported from the scene by Perkins Fire Department/EMS to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Dickman was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and received no injuries. The right front passenger in Mr. Dickman’s vehicle was his wife, Louise A. Dickman. She also was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and received no injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and alcohol and/or drugs does not believe to be a factor, troopers said.

Assisting agencies included Perkins Police Department and Perkins Fire & EMS.

powerhouser

Well said Sassy... Ed was a nice guy and always waved when outside. Will miss him also

Centauri

For pedestrian safety after sunset:

Buy a reflective vest and flashlight. Many drivers ignore the Ohio law that headlights must be used after sunset and before sunrise. Ohio also has a law that headlights must also be turned on when the wipers are in use. Many in Ohio ignore the headlight laws. Headlights allow the pedestrian to see that a vehicle is approaching. As light dims, some vehicles blend in with the color of the road.

Be advised of Ohio law changes to pedestrians at cross-walks.

http://www.change.org/petitions/...
"The pedestrian laws were changed effective June, 2012 with Ohio House Bill 349 to incorporate changes related to an update of the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In particular, Ohio Revised Code 4511.14 was updated to remove the requirement that pedestrians facing a WALK signal "shall be given the right-of-way by operators of all vehicles", replaced with the requirement that "the pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that the walking person signal indication is first shown.""

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/0...
"Ohio Puts the Squeeze on People’s Right to Walk"

"The new rules require pedestrians to yield to cars turning right or left on red at the beginning of the green signal. Columbus-area cycling advocate Patricia Kovacs, in a petition she is circulating, said the state of Ohio allows for walk signals as short as four seconds. Surrendering right of way at the beginning of the walk cycle might mean missing out on a chance for pedestrians to cross the street safely and legally."

Cowboy

Those damn signs are killing people all over!

Citizen24601

About a week ago, I was coming home heading east bound passing this same spot where an elderly man with a cane just started crossing the road without even looking. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid him as he just continued on his way across the road with no acknowledgement that he just stepped out in front of a car going around 47mph. It was during the evening time, not quite dark out yet, but if it was, who knows what the outcome would have been in my situation. To say that this is that same gentleman, I have no clue, but either way, prayers out to the family, and people need to keep an eye out for people crossing, biking, or walking/running on the roads. As well as the people walking/running, crossing, or biking should also pay extra attention to the cars.

thinktwice

I knew Mr. Bikulcius from doing work for him. He was a very nice man and friendly. Unfortunate to have recollected knowing him after reading of his death especially this way in a newspapaper. RIP.

Lin Williams

I am going to comment just because my son and myself (16 yr. old son was driving) come across this accident immediately after it occurred. Does it really matter who's at fault at this point? A life was lost and that is the BIG picture here, a wife is now without a husband, kids without a father, and probably grandkids without their grandfather! This is something they will mourn until their last day on earth, same rings true for the driver (whom was a shaken mess and showed much remorse) he now at 61 yrs. old has to face the fact he killed another human being and this will be a life long sentencing. People need to have respect for others on this da$% site and quit pointing fingers. Unless you were a witness the extent of your comments should be giving condolences for all families involved! I guarantee the man driving was NOT texting, nor talking on his phone, bottom line he did not see the older gentleman until it was too late! I hope and pray none of you ever have to experience anything lie this! P.S. I'm the person being accused of talking smack on our Perkins Youth on a previous story, so bottom line to this lesson, IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT KEEP THE LIPS CLOSED, EARS OPEN, and wait on the final report! Use your real name if your going to post, don't hide behind false pretenses! If your proud of your opinions you should have no qualm making a user name your REAL NAME! Now I've been praying for all involved in anyway, and to both families that have to say "goodbye" to a wonderful person they love
Have a nice day!