By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted city police Monday were still investigating the death of a popular Channel 3 assign-
ment editor in a single-car accident
near the North Olmsted/North Ridgeville border late Saturday or early Sunday.
Danielle Fink, 48, of Cleveland, was found in her car at about 8:30 a.m. after it apparently went off Barton Road sometime late Saturday or early Sunday and crashed into a tree.
North Olmsted police Capt. Mike Kilbane said department investigators are still gathering evidence.
“It looks like she had been there for a few hours when we received the initial report of the incident,” Kilbane said. “We found one witness who apparently had seen the vehicle there by the tree at about 7:15 a.m., but for whatever reason that person didn’t notify police.”
Kilbane said the department investigators were gathering technical evidence.
“They’re going to review the information from the vehicle’s version of a black box to see what it shows, and they’ll try and reconstruct the accident to see what that tells us,” he said.
Kilbane said the initial investigation indicates that it was a single-car accident.
“We haven’t found anything that points to another vehicle being involved,” he said.
Kilbane said the department also is waiting for a report from the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.
“Those usually take about a week or so to get back,” he said.
Fink’s colleagues at WKYC Channel 3 said she will be greatly missed.
“Danny loved Cleveland. Danny loved Channel 3 and we loved her as a friend and colleague,” said Brennan Donnellan, Channel 3’s news director. “She was dedicated to her co-workers and worked every day to show the best in her hometown.”
A slideshow on Fink can be seen at www.wkyc.com. Her family was working on funeral arrangements as of West Life’s deadline Monday.