Justice For Ernie Whitesel Facebook Page Honors A Caring Man

  • 2/22/2017 12:40:51 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

SULLIVAN, OH - The wife of a northern Ashland County man killed in an auto accident on November 28 of last year, has started a Facebook page to honor him.

As WMFD's Larry Stine explains, the Facebook page "Justice for Ernie Whitesel," is a way family, friends and members of the Sullivan community can keep his memory alive.

The Facebook page for Ernie Whitesel is a way the Sullivan man can be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend who touched so many lives.

"The main purpose of the campaign is just so friends and family and everyone in the community can bind together, show support, keep his memory alive," says Mitch Whitesel, Ernie Whitesel's brother. "Not let him be forgotten for the things he did for his family, his children, his friends - everybody can kind of come together, stay focused on all the positives Ernie wanted everybody to move forward with."

Ernie Whitesel died as the result of a collision with another vehicle that was trying to pass him on State Route 58 when he was on his way to work.

Ernie's brother Mitch holds no malice towards law enforcement but there has been no final report on the accident and family members continue to struggle with his death and would like to see Ohio law changed.

"The one thing I would like to see changed in Ohio law is the drug testing for victims in homicide crashes," Mitch Whitesel says. "Ohio is one of the few states where it's up to the officer's discretion to a drug test. The majority of the other states in the country have mandatory testing. I would like to see that change in Ohio. I think there's been a campaign prior to this with other families who have started that as well."

Mitch Whitesel says T-shirts and bumper stickers are being sold to help support his brother's wife and children.

Coming up in May, the six-month anniversary of his death will find his parents, Rodger and Charlotte Whitesel, holding a cookout and candlelight vigil to honor him.

"It's been a good thing to have the page and have the campaign - a lot of people are holding on and are very thankful they can share stories, share pictures, talk," Mitch Whitesel says. "And just keep everything alive, bond together and tell stories and really, hold his memory high."

Mitch Whitesel says the Facebook page "Justice for Ernie Whitesel," is a way friends and family can post pictures and stories of his brother as a tribute to a fun-loving man who truly cared about everyone he came in touch with.

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