November 1, 2014

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Drunken driver pleads guilty to injuring friend in December crash

MEDINA — A 33-year-old Medina woman was convicted Thursday of causing a crash while drunk in December that sent her friend to the hospital.

Somsamai Yaskowiak

Somsamai Yaskowiak

Somsamai A. Yaskowiak, of the 300 block of Springbrook Drive, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping a second, more serious charge.

Yaskowiak faces up to 1½ years in prison.

“There is a presumption you will not be sent to prison for this offense,” Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said.

As part of her sentencing on June 26, Yaskowiak will face a suspension of her driver’s license for up to five years.

According to police, Yaskowiak was arrested just after 2 a.m. Dec. 29. She was traveling east on East Liberty Street in Medina and passing through the intersection of North Spring Grove Street when she sideswiped a utility pole with a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder.

Several passers-by and a nearby resident went to the vehicle to help her and her passenger, a 43-year-old man from Lockport, N.Y.

The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, had several cuts on his face from broken glass, and the passenger side of the vehicle was “demolished.” He became unconscious after the crash and was transported to Medina Hospital.

Yaskowiak refused an alcohol breath test, but police reported that a blood test indicated she was drunk.

Yaskowiak was transported to the county jail, where she was released that day after posting 10 percent of a $30,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.