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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


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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tamarhouse: Posted: February 16, 2014 8:44 p.m.

So sorry for the loss of this young man! I guess God just needed another angel right now! If there is anything I can do for the family, please have them contact me! Praying for all involved!!!!

missyJk: Posted: February 17, 2014 10:46 p.m.

I am sorry for the families loss.

Vtown123: Posted: February 17, 2014 12:13 a.m.

"I guess God just needed another angel right now!" <- What a stupid thing to say.

My condolences to the family. He looked like a nice kid with a bright future.

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scvforall: Posted: February 17, 2014 7:25 a.m.

May the Zimmerman family find comfort in knowing the entire community will support them through their grief.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 17, 2014 9:08 a.m.

How awful. I'm very sorry for the family's loss.

timothymyers02: Posted: February 17, 2014 11:44 a.m.


You really haven't been to church in a while, have you, because your grasp of theology is a bit stinted.

Unreal: Posted: February 17, 2014 1:07 p.m.

tamarhouse: You sound like you are a very kind person and mean only the best which is more than a lot of people these days.

I believe what the others above are trying to express is that if you say to someone who has experienced a tragic loss that it is in some way what God wanted then you are making it his "fault", or God was out to get you. This is not true and can make someone feel anger with God for years.

Also, Angels are a separate creation from man. Man does not become an Angel at death even if our spirit goes to heaven.

Please continue to comfort those who go through tragedies by telling them how much you care, are willing to help with meals, funeral plans, etc. and also with the news that God loves them and grieves with them, and that the loved one who has passed is with Jesus now. The world needs more people like you who reach out to help with actions not just words. --edited.

Unreal: Posted: February 17, 2014 1:10 p.m.

timothymyers02: At least she offered her heart which is more than you with your "churched heart" did.

Vtown123: Posted: February 17, 2014 1:41 p.m.

Side note: After looking at a google street view of where the accident occurred, that looks like a pretty dangerous place to make a left to turn onto copper hill. 3 lanes both directions with a 55mph speed limit (which usually means 60+mph around here). Maybe there should be a traffic light installed to prevent future accidents.

scvnative72: Posted: February 17, 2014 1:45 p.m.

I'm so sorry for this family and his loved ones.
I'm also very saddened at the cruel and quite frankly degrading corrections people want to make against someone who was showing their sympathy. For the life of me I just can't understand people who are such miserable human beings and feel the need to make themselves seem so much better...well they are trying to accomplish this but in all reality you just come across as being completely ignorant.

14forlife: Posted: February 17, 2014 1:59 p.m.

i work with a gentleman who was first to arrive on scene, very tragic indeed, from what i hear the white car passed said co-worker doing an estimated 80 mph..slow down peeps..My condolences go out to all who new him and his family, RIP Dylan. Much too young my friend to be taken so soon..god bless!
also, it was my understanding that the white car had a 13 year old passenger, smart!! --edited.

Vtown123: Posted: February 18, 2014 11:28 p.m.

14forlife, I hope your co-worker has spoken with the detectives working on the case. That can be helpful information for the investigation.

14forlife: Posted: February 19, 2014 7:14 a.m.

Vtown123, of course, as a matter of fact he just got off the phone with him yesterday, said co-worker also met the mother of the deceased...

cptnobvious: Posted: February 19, 2014 9:06 a.m.

Vtown123 - you mention " looks like a pretty dangerous place to make a left to turn onto copper hill " but where does it state he was making a left?

According to a collision report issued by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, "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"

If the Ford was traveling at the estimated 80 +/- mph, the impact to the Honda would have been just as great if it were making a right turn onto Copper Hill, would it have not?

Just didn't know if you as well had additional information?

chefgirl358: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:02 a.m.

Timmyers and Unreal,
Interesting that you both make assumptions as to what the rules of god and angels are...Who are you to tell someone what they should or shouldn't believe? We have this thing called religious freedom and people can believe whatever they want to freely...I'm just sayin. Why is your version the right one? --edited.

johnnyrock: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:44 a.m.

Rest in Peace Dylan. And Tamar is a friend of mine, why do you people insist on insulting people and then making comments about religion. At least she wasn't being rude like most of you are.

Unreal: Posted: February 19, 2014 11:13 a.m.

chefgirl358: Because the truth is not subjective.

Unreal: Posted: February 19, 2014 11:15 a.m.

johnnyrock: You have a lovely friend in Tamar. Someone who is willing to reach out like that is a treasure.

Vtown123: Posted: February 19, 2014 12:25 p.m.

cptnobvious, there was another picture floating around of the accident where the Honda looked like it was t-boned. I'm not detective and don't pretend to be, but from the way the car was hit, I don't see another way it could have happened if the Honda wasn't making a left onto copper hill.

ccboy: Posted: February 20, 2014 8:35 a.m.

@Unreal whose truth are you speaking of. I am in no way an expert on religion but I do believe some religions believe that you can become an angel after death. I think mormons for one believe that after death you can become an angel. So if you are going to be accepting and tolerant of all religions maybe the truth is subjective.

Unreal: Posted: February 20, 2014 8:53 a.m.

ccboy: No religion believes you become an Angel. Mormons believe you become a god.

I never said I was accepting and tolerant of other religions. That is some PC crap you might believe in but I say go move to Canada where you can't speak the truth in case it offends someone.

Anyway, this thread should be about the death of a young man and I don't want to continue with this point as it is disrespectful to him and his family to focus on anything else here.

ccboy: Posted: February 20, 2014 9:29 a.m.

@Unreal maybe you should look more into what mormons believe before you make statements as fact. Mormons believe that the the first human being Adam is now the archangel Michael and the book of mormon was dictated by the angel Moroni who was once a living human and became an angel after death. As far as moving to Canada, I enjoy living here in the United States where people are free to exress themselves no matter religion, race, sexuality. You have showed your single mindedness by letting us all know that you are not acepting or tolerant of other religions. Maybe you should be moving to a new country where you can be a part of one belief and persecute those who do not hold your same beliefs. You were right about one thing this thread should be about this young man, but you took it off course so I was just adding to your comments, but anyway this is such a tragedy and I am sorry for the family's loss.

johnnyrock: Posted: February 20, 2014 10:40 a.m.

Rest in Peace Dylan Zimmerman.

SaugusMom: Posted: February 20, 2014 5:58 p.m.

Dylan has been a close friend to our daughter for nearly 10 years. Everything I know about this young man is exemplary. His fine character and his kind heart will always be remembered by his many friends, and I know they are grieving him deeply. He was the kind of boy that any parent would have been proud of, and the kind of friend that would always be there. He is gone far, far too soon. My heart goes out to the Zimmermans and to Thalia. Your son was a wonderful boy that was growing into a fine man and our entire community is diminished by his loss.

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