OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The family of a man killed in a crash is trying to forgive a daredevil driver with a history of reckless driving.

Yvonne Obenchain’s 25-year old son Nicholas Obenchain, who was a passenger died Monday night from injuries after a rollover crash on I-580 in Oakland. The driver, Corey McDonah is accused of drinking, driving, and speeding when he lost control of the Corvette and overturned on the MacArthur Freeway.

“Nick loved people, he loved being social, loved going places. His one fault was being too trusting,” she said.

McDonah pleaded no contest to reckless driving in May and was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days with the sheriff’s work squad and community service.

In that incident, a CHP airplane spotted McDonah speeding on his motorcycle along Interstates 80 and 580 at more than 100 miles an hour, weaving in and out of traffic, popping wheelies and performing other stunts on April 2. McDonah was tracked to his home where he was arrested.

On Friday, McDonah was driving his silver Corvette while under the influence, wrecking his car, according to the CHP Oakland Facebook page.

Both men were thrown from the car in the crash early Friday morning also along Interstate 580 in Oakland near Park Boulevard.

But, Obenchain’s mother doesn’t blame McDonah for the crash.

“He was just irresponsible.  I don’t.  I hold him responsible, but I’m trying to forgive him because it wasn’t intentional,” she said.


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