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21-year-old Valencia man dies after Friday crash

COC student was one of two people injured in two-vehicle collision in Valencia

Posted: February 16, 2014 6:21 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2014 6:37 p.m.
Dylan Zimmerman Dylan Zimmerman
Dylan Zimmerman

A 21-year-old man seriously injured Friday afternoon in a traffic collision in Valencia has died in the hospital, a spokesman for the county coroner’s office said.

Dylan Zimmerman, of Valencia, died sometime over the weekend at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

“We have not received the body yet,” said Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department. “The deceased is still at the hospital. This is the young man involved in a crash on Copperstone.”

Zimmerman, a Valencia High School graduate and student of architecture at College of the Canyons, worked at Best Buy as a member of the store’s Geek Squad.

“His mother phoned to say (Dylan) didn’t make it through the night,” a Best Buy manager told The Signal Sunday afternoon. “She said he was in a traffic accident Friday but that he didn’t make it.”

Zimmerman was one of two people rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon with serious injuries.

The identity and condition of the second injured person has not been disclosed.

The crash occurred when a white Ford Fusion traveling eastbound on Copper Hill Drive collided with a black Honda Civic that was exiting Copperstone Drive, according to a collision report issued by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The driver of the Honda, whose identity was not released, was treated at the scene by personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in “severe critical condition,” according to the report.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller said Friday that two people were transported to the hospital after the collision.

On Sunday, friends of Zimmerman placed bouquets of flowers and several candles in a memorial at the intersection of Copper Hill and Copperstone drives.

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are still investigating the crash and are still anxious to talk to anyone who witnessed it, Lt. Tom Bryski said Sunday.

Santa Clarita Valley resident Gail Pinsker said she was walking her dogs when she came across the accident scene.

Pinsker said crews had to break the windows of the black Honda to extricate the person inside and that the person received oxygen and was administered CPR before being transported from the scene.

Witnesses to the collision were asked to contact Detective Travis Kelly at 661-255-1121.


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