Man Dies Following Oakland Crash

By Katie Lyons

Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 11:07am America/Los_Angeles

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OAKLAND — A Chevrolet Corvette passenger who was ejected onto an Oakland highway in a suspected DUI crash early Friday morning died Monday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Nicholas Obenchain, 25, of Alameda, died in Highland Hospital after the 1999 Corvette struck a curb and a light pole and overturned on Interstate Highway 580 near Park Boulevard at about 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

The Corvette’s driver, identified as 23-year-old Corey McDonah, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated. He was also taken to Highland Hospital for treatment of major injuries, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.

McDonah was previously arrested for doing wheelies on a motorcycle at speeds of up to 120 mph in an incident in April.

He was arrested April 2 on suspicion of driving recklessly after a CHP airplane spotted him doing wheelies near the MacArthur Maze in Oakland.

He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the earlier case, Wilkenfeld said.

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