A Leesburg teenager survived a serious car accident and lived. She counted every day as a blessing after the crash. It was only 9 months later, on June 18, when 16-year-old Beth Yasko was killed in a head-on car crash after a trip to the beach.
According to police reports, Yasko and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Chase Fenbers, were traveling home from a beach trip on State Road 44 near Sorrento Springs Drive in Eustis, Florida. Fenbers was driving his 2007 silver Honda. The two had been dating for about ninth months and spent large amounts of time together.
At around 6 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol says Fenbers crossed over the center line of a two-lane road and attempted to pass a vehicle. The move put the Honda in the path of an oncoming van. A local sheriff said there was no place for the van to go on the narrow road and it hit the Honda head-on at a high rate of speed. The crash was horrific, and the Honda exploded upon impact.
Fenbers was pronounced dead at the scene. Yasko was treated at the scene and transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She later died from injuries she suffered in the crash. The driver of the van only suffered minor injuries.
Fenbers had been cited for careless driving and unlawful speeding previously, according to state driving records.
The accident was a tragedy for Yasko’s family. Her brother had died in a car crash in 2008 in Texas where he was stationed in the Army. It was nine months earlier that Yasko has been thrown from a vehicle in a rollover accident and had survived.
Yasko had just finished her sophomore year of high school. Friends said she was extremely popular and well liked. They said that she and Fenbers had become very close in recent months and seemed to be happy together.
Traffic accidents are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States. In 2013, 2,524 teenagers died in motor vehicle related crashes, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Orlando auto accident, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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