The man killed in a fiery car crash in Tymochtee Township early Friday morning has been identified as 21-year-old Levi J. Danner, of Sycamore.
According to a Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office news release, the office received a 911 call from a cellular phone at 2:54 a.m. Friday, reporting a vehicle on fire on TH 29 west of TH 37 and one mile east of Ohio 53 in Tymochtee Township. The fire was not active when deputies arrived on the scene.
“The initial investigation found a vehicle appeared to have been eastbound on TH 29 and struck a tree head-on, spun to the left side and struck another tree,” Sheriff Mike Hetzel said. “It appeared the impact caused the fire to ignite in the engine area and the vehicle was totally consumed by the fire. Closer examination found what appeared to be the remains of a human body.”
Deputies located the registered owner of the 2007 GMC Acadia sports utility vehicle, who advised that Danner was the last known driver.
“He had recently been at a residence north of Upper Sandusky and observed in the same vehicle after midnight,” Hetzel said. “Contact was made with his family members and a search of his residence on CH 37 was conducted.”
When Danner could not be found at the home, Hetzel said, “Family members felt very strongly that he was in fact the driver of the vehicle in question.”
The crash site also was noted to be in line with Danner’s last known location and his home and family members told deputies that was his normal route of travel.
“Further investigation in daylight showed where the vehicle had gone off the roadway on the north side of TH 29,” Hetzel said. “The vehicle continued eastbound through the grassy ditch area prior to striking the trees. The physical damage to the vehicle was conducive to a high rate of speed. This crash site was also concurrent to a curve in the roadway.”
Wyandot County Coroner Dr. Joseph Sberna was called to the scene and ordered an autopsy to be conducted at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
The McCutchenville Fire Department and Sycamore EMS also responded to the scene, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office.
The crash remains under investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office.
By CHANDA NEELY