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Valencia family struggles with death of son

Posted: February 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.

Dylan Zimmerman was killed in a crash on Friday.


The mother, father and younger sister of a young Valencia man who died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision Friday are living moment to moment, struggling with their loss, his mother said Monday.

“We’re numb,” said Donna Zimmerman, whose son, Dylan, died in the hospital Friday of injuries suffered in a collision that day.

“We’re not sleeping,” she said Monday. “It’s moment by moment.”

Zimmerman died Friday night following a traffic collision in Valencia on Cooper Hill Drive near Copperstone Drive.

He was a Valencia High School graduate and student of architecture at College of the Canyons who planned to marry his girlfriend, Thalia, and live with her in the house he planned to design, his mother said.

“He was an amazing kid,” she told The Signal. “He was a straight ‘A’ student with a huge heart.

“His friends always had nothing but good things to say about him,” she said. “He had an amazing love for life.”

The outpouring of love and sympathy from the young man’s friends has been overwhelming, she said.

“Everyone has been amazing. It’s more than we ever imagined,” she said, referring to herself, her husband, James, and their 14-year-old daughter, Marisa, a freshman at Valencia High School.

“They (siblings) never argued, never fought. They’ve gotten along since they were toddlers,” Donna Zimmerman said.

Dylan Zimmerman played guitar, attended school for a while in Santa Cruz and recently began working at Best Buy. His future was bright until Friday, his mother said.

A memorial service in his honor is now scheduled to take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, she said.

A detective with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, meanwhile, said he is still looking for witnesses to Friday’s crash.

“I am still conducting interviews,” Detective Travis Kelly said Monday.

The identity and condition of the second driver have not been disclosed, but Kelly said Monday that driver is a male who was treated and released at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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 report did not indicate which car Zimmerman was driving.

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


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Verdad: Posted: February 17, 2014 7:54 p.m.

My heart absolutely aches for the family! Dylan appeared to be a gifted young man, who will leave a very large void to fill in the life's of so many. I am, however, wondering why when the Signal was talking to the family, they didn't ask what car Dylan was driving since they already knew the accident report was silent on
the question. --edited.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 18, 2014 9:12 p.m.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Dylan sounds like a remarkable young man.

Vtown123: Posted: February 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.

So sad. Nobody should ever go through this.

src: Posted: February 18, 2014 8:04 a.m.

"Zimmerman was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to the massive injuries he sustained when, at about 3:55 p.m., a white Ford Fusion was traveling eastbound on Copper Hill and collided with his black Honda Civic, which was exiting Copperstone Drive, deputies said."

Looks like a gruesome crash.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. --edited.

Unreal: Posted: February 19, 2014 6:16 a.m.

I have a son about that age and can't imagine losing him in the blink of an eye. It sounds like he was very loved.

johnnyrock: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:40 a.m.

Sending the family prayers. I can't even say anything else. If you need anything, anything at all. I am there.

CaseAndPoint: Posted: February 20, 2014 12:57 p.m.

God bless & may your family become stronger in light of all that they are going through. My heart is heavy for you, Zimmerman family. RIP Dylan.

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