Man on vacation falls to death from Kalahari resort balcony

Man on vacation falls to death from Kalahari resort balcony

SANDUSKY, OH (WOIO) - A 25-year-old man is dead after falling from a third floor balcony at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky.

The victim has been identified as Derrick Vancleave.

It happened Tuesday at 10:28 a.m.

Vancleave was on vacation with family from Virginia. His parents told investigators he has needed full-time care since suffering accidental head trauma at age 14. They said he doesn't always make good choices and can be impulsive and overreacts to stimuli. They think he might have gone out on to the balcony to get away from the smell of food his brother burned in the microwave.

The victim's mother said she was sleeping at the time of the incident. She said she searched for him when she woke up and found him on the ground below the balcony.

Officials said Vancleave died at an area hospital after the fall.

Deputies said alcohol is not a factor.


We are deeply saddened by this morning's events. We are fully cooperating with the local authorities for anything they may need. As this incident resulted from a personal and private matter in a guest room, we will not be commenting further. Our thoughts and prayers are those affected.

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