Coroner Identifies 17-Year-Old Fatal Crash Victim

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office released the name of the 17-year-old Glendale boy who died in a car crash on La Tuna Canyon Road Saturday.

A 17-year-old student died in a car crash last weekend on La Tuna Canyon Road. 

Daniel Kaplan was killed on Dec. 1 in a solo-vehicle crash on La Tuna Canyon Road that left the driver and another passenger hospitalized. 

Daniel most recently attended Allen F. Daily High School in Glendale and Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta, according to his family member, Donna Roberts.  

The crash occurred about a mile west of the Foothill (210) Freeway when 19-year-old Arash Sanei of Montrose lost control of a 2005 Lexus ES 330 that crashed into a retaining wall about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles police with the Valley Traffic Division said.

Kaplan was declared dead at the scene, police said.  

The impact "caused a considerable amount of intrusion -- halfway through the vehicle," Sgt. Donald Kelly said.

Sanei and passenger Steven Dwight Alonso, 20, were taken to a hospital with what police called moderate injuries. 

Melissa Cleland December 06, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Prayers to this family!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 06, 2012 at 05:21 AM
The Lexus 330 is a luxury automobile with an engine near 300 hp. It was reported that speed plus wet road played a part. That car in the hands of a teen, most likely, was a typical poor judgement on the part of parents. Choosing the wrong friends to ride with carries a heavy price tag. I am so sorry for this young man's parents and friends...
Madeleine December 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I think it is inappropriate and heartless for you to state your opinion about the judgement of the parents of the teen driver in this context. If you're so smart, why don't you quit your job and devote yourself to a Public Service Campaign educating parents about what cars are safe to allow their teens to drive. Until you do, keep your mouth shut.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I am sorry I offended you, didn't mean to be heartless. True, it could happen to anyone who was going too fast for the conditions. I will follow your advice and thank you.
guest2012 December 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
So very sorry for this tragic end to this young man's life.
Anne Harrell December 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Please don't bash this family because of wrong decisions. Get all your facts before saying that you really don't know for sure. He was his parents only child. Until you have been through a death of a child. hush! I know the mother personally and have known her almost all my life. Connie would NEVER put her only child in danger.
Carol torrez December 07, 2012 at 12:49 AM
What a horrible lost to endure, fall into the arms of Jesus for he cares for you. Weeping last through the night , but joy comes in the morning.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 07, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Dear Anne: I did not intend to bash any family. Perhaps ....others will think about what can happen if....Parents can only do so much. I know they are all wonderful, well meaning people. I have "lost" two children. I know the gnawing grief....You are to be commended for your care and concern.....I regret writing my note.....b
scott acosta December 07, 2012 at 05:07 AM
La tuna Cyn is not a road to f#ck around on. Lived there 10 years and seen over 100 bad accidents. Many fatal. Speed is always the cause. Its used as a a short cut or a dump for most that live i the area. Respect the road and slow the f#ck down. My family travels it daily and I'd hate to loose any of them to a dumb ass.
Armando Martinez December 07, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Robert: You have the right to state your opinion. Being a parent is a hard road. I am sorry for the parents loss. Fast cars, too much testosterone, high speeds and wet roads and hanging out with 19 and 20 year old friends. The young man who died was 17. Who will know the real truth? Ask the driver who survived (19yr) and the friend (20 yr). Really sad case. Armando Martinez, La Crescenta, father of two boys at La Crescenta Valley H.S.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Armando: What you wrote is the bitter truth. Your two boys are fortunate.......nuff said
Caring Montrose Parent December 09, 2012 at 02:47 AM
So, so, so sorry for the loss of the Kaplan family's precious son... my daughter knew Daniel since about the 1st grade. I remember my daugther always telling me how involved Daniel's mother was with Fremont Elementary School. As raising a 17 year old myself. My parenting skills can only sometimes leave her in God's hands. My deepest prayers are with his parents and family!! My name is Lenore, I live in Montrose and my daughter is Chelsea, please let us know what we can do for the family!!
YasMedic December 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Robert, I'm with you. I'm a paramedic and what you said is absolutely true. Giving a young kid a car or motorcycle that powerful is like giving a kid a loaded gun. Some may not like what you said, those are people who like to belief that they live in a perfect world. People who hide their heads in the sand when you know why hits the fan. I see the real world and I understand why most don't ever want to see it. Don't be sorry for what you said. The truth hurts!
Joanne Koegl, LMFT December 10, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I am a Marriage Family Therapist and Grief Facilitator, I became a therapist after I lost my husband in a car accident and he too was an only child. To lose a son at 17 is unimaginable and my prayers and heart go out to the Kaplan family. Right now the family needs support and kindness, not people putting in their 2 cents as to why the accident happened. One thing we know it does not change the outcome...yes it may bring awareness if there was speed, etc., but to generalize on the teens and his parents in this forum is really not the place. This family has got to be so devastated and are already going through the "what ifs", "if only"...send them prayers for strength and put yourself in their shoes. Thank You.
Abbe Beck September 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM
If Daniel's Parents able to read this or any one else, Daniel was one of the first children to become friends with My Son Eddie when we moved to Montrose. He was a lovely, fun & talented boy, who lived life well, even though he has some very tuff health problems. I have not found a way to express to the Kaplan Family how much this loss is felt by Eddie and Me. As the first year approaches, please know that I think of Him often and hold You both in My heart and prayers constantly and will always be thankful that we had the chance to know Daniel. Please feel free to call on Eddie at any time. We are with You. My deep, deep sympathy to you both, You are wonderful People, Wonderful Parents. Always in our Hearts Abbe'& Eddie Beck. 9/27/2013


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