Alamedan Dies from Car Crash Injuries

Alameda native Nicholas Obenchain died Monday night at Highland Hospital after succumbing to injuries he received in a car crash in Oakland Friday, July 18.

Obenchain, 25, was riding in the passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette when he was ejected from a vehicle onto an Oakland highway in what investigators are calling a DUI crash. The Corvette struck a curb and a light pole and overturned on Interstate Highway 580 near Park Boulevard around 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Police identified 23-year-old Corey McDonah as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash. McDonah was arrested for suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated. He was also taken to Highland Hospital to be treated for what CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld described as "major injuries."

This is not the first time McDonah has gotten in trouble with reckless driving. He was arrested on 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.