Teen with Bucyrus ties dies in crash


By Kimberly Gasuras - [email protected]



A Wyandot County teenager was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle collided with a semi-truck on U.S. 23 Wednesday evening.

Duane Jacob Davidson, 16, died when the car he was driving was hit by the semi-truck and trailer at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Wyandot Township Highway 44 in Salem Township.

Davidson, a junior at Upper Sandusky High School, is the son of Bucyrus native and Ley’s Jewelry Store owner, Barb Ley-Davidson.

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, Davidson was traveling east on township Highway 44 shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday when he failed to yield the intersection with U.S. 23. Davidson’s vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Venture, was struck by the semi-truck and trailer driven by Sergii Bali, 24, of Xenia, who was driving northbound on U.S. 23.

After the impact of the crash, both vehicles went off the right side of the roadway and came to rest in a field.

Wyandot County deputies responded to the accident scene, along with the Upper Sandusky Emergency Medical Service, JAWS of life and the Fire Department.

Bala was examined by emergency medical service personnel but did not suffer any injuries, according to the sheriff’s report.

Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene by Wyandot County Coroner Dr. Joseph Sberna. Funeral arrangements are pending at Lucas Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky.

The vehicles were towed by Danner’s Towing.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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