A father and son died in a crash Wednesday morning in Campell on their way to school.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said 41-year-old Paul “Mike” Pickett and his 11-year-old son, Marcus Pickett, died when the Jeep Wrangler they were in flipped over on Sixth Street, near Wilson Avenue.
Leena Pickett, 12, was injured in the crash and was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with what troopers are calling non-life threatening injuries.
Now, state troopers are using an accident reconstruction team to try to find out what led to the fatal crash.
Police say Pickett was driving the Jeep south on 6th Street at about 7:30 a.m. 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.
Pickett was driving the kids to school in Lowellville at the time. As soon as word spread about the accident, administrators at Lowellville Local Schools called in counselors to help those who needed it.
“We talked with all the classrooms immediately — went through, talked with teachers. We got support from surrounding districts, as we normally do whenever there’s any type of crisis or event like this, and Struthers and Poland and Campbell, all three responded excellently to this tragic situation,” said Superintendent Dr. Eugene Thomas.
In a district with less than 600 students and staff, the grieving will be widespread, Thomas said.
“You gotta be open with them and honest. You gotta look and monitor every single student, because every student reacts differently, and every staff member reacts differently,” he said.
Troopers were able to speak with the surviving victim, but it’s still too early to know why the driver lost control.