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Police are investigating a fatal single-car accident that killed a Bay Village woman who was rushing a friend to the hospital.

The woman, 35-year-old Courtney Yanok, went into cardiac arrest at the scene and later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

According to reports, she was injured when her car when it crashed into the ramp divider on northbound Interstate 71 then flipped onto its side on the Fulton Road exit ramp at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009.

Our car accident lawyers believe it’s fairly obvious that drunk driving is a bad decision.  Too many people still make that mistake, thinking that nothing will happen to them, and those same people find themselves getting injured or dying.

The car’s driver, 31-year-old Cleveland native James Nascembeni, told police he and Yanok were rushing the car’s owner, 32-year-old Cleveland native Colleen Oberst, to the hospital.  Oberst was apparently in distress after swallowing prescription medications.

Cleveland police spokesman Lieutenant Thomas Stacho said the automobile was traveling at a high speed before the car accident, and that the car’s occupants were not using seat belts.  Police suspect that alcohol played a role in the wrongful death car accident.

Oberst was treated at MetroHealth and released.

Drunk driving car accidents are an unfortunate reality that must be remedied, and in an effort to inform you about the dangers of drunk driving as well as prevent them, our car accident attorneys have a helpful DUI prevention resource page with information about how bad drinking and driving could be as well as provide links to organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous if you or someone you know may have a drinking problem.

Call us now or click here for a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced attorney as to how we may help you at 1-800-655-6585.  We look forward to providing good advice to help you make smart decisions about your case.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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