Friend speaks out for father killed in Campbell crash

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The friend of a man who died, along with his young son, in a crash Thursday in Campbell is remembering him as a loving, kind and devoted father.  

Jason Kirkpatrick spoke with WKBN 27 First News about his friend Mike Pickett. Pickett and his son, 11-year-old Marcus Pickett, died after the Jeep Wrangler they were in flipped over on 6th Street. Leena Pickett, 12, was injured in the crash. 

Pickett was on his way to drop the kids off for school in Lowellville. 

Kirkpatrick said he noticed some comments on social media from people who don’t know Pickett and wanted to set the record straight about the kind of man he was. 

“Everybody that knew him loved him. He was just one of those guys that if you were mad at him, you couldn’t stay mad at the guy. He would help anybody. He’d give you the shirt off his back and he was extremely loyal when it came to his friends and family,” Kirkpatrick said. “When you had a problem, he had a problem, too.”

Kirkpatrick said Marcus was a cheerful child and loved his father very much. 

“There was a tight bond there between Marcus and his father,” Kirkpatrick said. “Mike was a good father. He busted his ass for his family. Every penny he made went to his family.”

Police say Pickett was driving the Jeep south on 6th Street at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday when he went off the right side of the road. The Jeep became airborne after hitting an embankment and rolled over. No other vehicles were involved. 

The crash is under investigation.  
 

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