HURON TOWNSHIP - A Sandusky man was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center after an early Sunday morning single-vehicle crash on U.S. 6 just east of Griffing Airport. Five other people, including the Norwalk driver, went to the hospital with injuries.
Nicholas A. Codispoti, 22, who died, was one of five passengers in the 4:40 a.m. accident that troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol suspect was alcohol-related.
The driver, Marisa A. Roberts, 19, of 4936 Ohio 601, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Firelands with serious injuries. A medical helicopter later transferred her to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Spokeswoman Jennifer Jordan said Roberts is a patient, but no condition was available this morning. The (Toledo) Blade reported she was in critical condition as of Sunday.
Troopers said Roberts' other passengers: Jesse S. Reising, 20, of 8302 Mason Road, Berlin Heights; Elizabeth S. Schnable, 19, of 6780 Mason Road, Berlin Heights; Sandusky resident Jordan R. Whinnery, 21, and his sister, Jocelyn R. Whinnery, 16, of 33 Mechanic St., Berlin Heights, all sustained serious injuries and initially went to Firelands.
An ambulance later transported Schnable to MetroHealth Medical Center and a helicopter took the other four patients to the same Cleveland hospital.
Jocelyn Whinnery had been released as of this morning, Jordan said. Her brother, Schnable and Reising were patients today, but the hospital spokeswoman had no conditions available. The Blade reported Schnable was in critical condition Sunday.
Roberts was heading east on U.S. 6 and went off the left side, with the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu hitting a utility pole and then a brick landscaping structure, troopers said. A light rain was falling at the time.
Troopers said Roberts and Jesse Reising were wearing their seat belts, but didn't list any related information for the other occupants. No further information was available about why authorities suspect alcohol was a factor.
Charges are pending in the crash that remains under investigation.