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Kaneohe teen dies after fall from skateboard in car-towing accident


LAST UPDATED: 02:02 a.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013

An 18-year-old Kaneohe man died Tuesday after being critically injured early this morning in a fall from his skateboard while he was being towed by a friend's car.

Alan Danielson, a recent graduate of Castle High School, was being pulled by a car at about 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his skateboard and fell, striking his head on pavement at 45-557 Apapane St., according to Honolulu police.

Danielson was not wearing a helmet. 

Police have initiated a criminal investigation into the accident.

Robert Towne, Honolulu Police Department's traffic spokesman, said the skateboarder had been hanging on to the passenger side of a car driven by an 18-year-old man, who was a neighbor and friend. The accident is classified as a possible negligent homicide involving the driver of the car.

Kaneohe's Apapane Street is a popular spot for skateboarders, who speed down hills in the area.

The accident marks the second skateboarding-related death on Oahu this year.

On April 17, Reid Krucky, 16, was killed while riding a skateboard. He was being towed by a moped, lost his balance, fell and hit his head on the pavement on Kalanipuu Street, police said.

The boy was taken by ambulance in critical condition to a trauma center where he died.

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gunfunit wrote:
ah, to be young and stupid...
on August 20,2013 | 05:26AM
Grimbold wrote:
Natural selection. Darwin's law.
on August 20,2013 | 06:39AM
1local wrote:
stupid is stupid does...
on August 20,2013 | 03:40PM
justin_thyme wrote:
A young man is dead, and his parents are grieving. Must you people bring them more hurt and pain from your insensitive comments? Where's your compassion, your aloha? What if it were YOUR 18 year old son at the morgue? AUWE!
on August 20,2013 | 05:10PM
swagger wrote:
So true just bunch of clowns on here.
on August 20,2013 | 05:54PM
atilter wrote:
tyes, BUT!!!!!!!!..., Then the big question is WHY? an intense analysis surrounding the precipitation of the final act could very well help others who may be contemplating such a fool-hardy act - regardless of feelings of bravado, invulnerability, im-mortality, etc. like it or not, up-bringing may or may not be a factor. just saying. this is not a judgement - it's merely a suggested cause and effect scenario which may help others.
on August 20,2013 | 06:54PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Yep. You see one roach. Must have many more out there.
on August 20,2013 | 06:15PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Never just one roach out there.
on August 20,2013 | 06:25PM
honopic wrote:
Takes one to know one. An 18-year-old is dead in a preventable accident. Was he at fault for trying this dangerous stunt? Of course he was. Was his friend also partially at fault for going along, instead of talking him out of it, or at least refusing to participate? Of course he was. But for you to take the loss of a human life and so callously compare it to roaches is cold-hearted and ignorant. What if he was your son? How would you feel then? Would you like it if some airhead called him a roach? Think about that. If you can think at all.
on August 20,2013 | 09:50PM
Fred01 wrote:
Criminal investigation? Really? Is there not enough crime to keep our public officials busy?
on August 20,2013 | 02:03PM
allie wrote:
reckless endangerment. The driver killed his friend and civil suits will be filed if not criminal charges.
on August 20,2013 | 03:34PM
Allie, the driver did not kill his friend, albeit, he did not help. You may want to rephrase that as assisted in his death.
on August 20,2013 | 06:35PM
lokela wrote:
Just stupid...
on August 20,2013 | 05:44AM
jtamura69 wrote:
Yes it is, you said it perfectly!
on August 20,2013 | 02:50PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Poor choice and only the stupid suffers the consequences. Regardless if he was wearing a helmet or not, the incident and fatal accident in Hawaii-Kai didn't remind him of not to perform in this dangerous act. People's attitude keeps reminding them that, these types of mishaps will never happen to them.
on August 20,2013 | 06:33AM
hanalei395 wrote:
People who don't think they're stupid, think these types of mishaps only happens to stupid people.
on August 20,2013 | 07:06AM
Fred01 wrote:
Everyone wishes it would happen to you.
on August 20,2013 | 02:33PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Feeling particularly nasty today, Fred?
on August 20,2013 | 03:38PM
hanalei395 wrote:
A wish coming from Fred is a curse. And a curse ALWAYS falls back on the curser.
on August 20,2013 | 04:26PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And a wish from Fred is always a wish for harm. Fred is not careful what he wishes for.
on August 20,2013 | 04:41PM
Fred01 wrote:
You are brain-dead.
on August 20,2013 | 08:45PM
Mypualani wrote:
Exactly! Fred is just looking for attention any attention will do. I feel sorry for fred actually.
on August 20,2013 | 08:50PM
Wazdat wrote:
Accidents happen, people dive while surfing. Enjoy life and if its your time ALOHA
on August 20,2013 | 07:58PM
Archie wrote:
Anyone being towed by a car on a skateboard at 2:30 in the morning is unlikely to be wearing a helmet.
on August 20,2013 | 06:43AM
serious wrote:
Don't people sleep and work anymore?
on August 20,2013 | 06:57AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Yep! he's going to be sleeping forever now.
on August 20,2013 | 06:16PM
sak wrote:
and or drunk and on drugs
on August 20,2013 | 02:33PM
justin_thyme wrote:
That's an awful, ugly supposition, sak! Don't you have any compassion for the young man's parents and siblings? How dare you?!? I happen to know that Alan was a fine young man with a wonderful loving family. Knock it off, and apologize why don't you.
on August 20,2013 | 06:06PM
syhud wrote:
And these kids didn't have any compassion or respect for the residents at 2:30 in the morning?
on August 20,2013 | 07:26PM
islandmom wrote:
Justin, I am so sorry that you lost a friend. I feel terribly for this young man's family, and I want you to know that not everyone is so merciless with thoughtless comments. He was barely a man -- really a boy -- and he made a bad, split-second decision. As the mother of boys, I know that they can act without thinking. I am not excusing something criminal or mean, but when you raise boys, you ask, "Why did you poke it with a stick? Why did you want to climb that? Why didn't you realize that you would get hurt and fall?" We may all be able to comment here anonymously, but I will only write what I would also be willing to say to someone to their face. A young man has died, so let's please be respectful of that loss.
on August 20,2013 | 09:13PM
allie wrote:
This practice should be illegal. It is extremely dangerous.
on August 20,2013 | 06:46AM
mrluke wrote:
It is illegal.
on August 20,2013 | 07:41AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Ticket time.
on August 20,2013 | 06:16PM
it is illegal but not that these stupid people follow the law.
on August 20,2013 | 07:42AM
Morimoto wrote:
As they say "you can't fix stupid"
on August 20,2013 | 09:11AM
TLehel wrote:
It is illegal, but F the police! If I want to do a bunch of slides on asphalt with my longboard, then I'm gonna do it. Of course I actually pay attention so that I don't come close to encounters with cars. I also don't skitch on cars like an imbecile. Haters gonna hate. Just try to stop me.
on August 20,2013 | 11:03AM
busterb wrote:
No need stop you, that's what curbs are for.
on August 20,2013 | 11:32AM
TLehel wrote:
I like how people wish for skateboarders to get hurt. Just shows how horrible of a person you are, really. I'd bet a fat wad of cash that I'm healthier than you and most people here from this "stupid" thing that I do. I'd also bet that I'm safer with my board than most are with their cars.
on August 20,2013 | 11:53AM
gth wrote:
Ask the boy's mother if this was a "stupid" act or an "accident". If he lives, she'll probably wack him on his head and tell him *&^&*((*! what were you thinking!
on August 20,2013 | 12:10PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Madda won't wack him. Dummies are a hero in that family. Poor thing.
on August 20,2013 | 06:17PM
honopic wrote:
You are such an "airhead." I can't type the real word I want to say, but you know what I mean. A family lost its son and are grieving and you pile on by calling them names. "Poor thing" is anyone who lives with you.
on August 20,2013 | 09:58PM
busterb wrote:
Who said I want you to get hurt? You said stop you. I'm not gonna waste my time going all the way out there to hit you. The curb is put there to stop you. When the cops peel you off the asphalt, tell the him F...
on August 20,2013 | 12:11PM
TLehel wrote:
You say when. I think you mean if, buddy boy. That's a big if by the way, because unlike the kid from this article I don't skitch cars. And gth it was definitely a stupid act. There's no doubt about that. I just don't think that skating on the street in general is a stupid act if you're careful about it. Skate on streets with low traffic, watch for cars, don't go blindly into turns. These are all things I follow to ensure that the only injuries I get from skating are from falling on my own, not from anything close to vehicle related.
on August 20,2013 | 12:56PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Problem is you can't control those things around you like vehicles and pedestrians. It's not like you can just hit the brakes on a skateboard.
on August 20,2013 | 04:06PM
Skyler wrote:
TLehel aka "It won't happen to me" - you aren't Superman. And one fine day, you will realize it.
on August 20,2013 | 04:50PM
Anonymous wrote:
What about electric vehicles? What about bicyclists? You may think that the only person who may get hurt is you, but you could put someone else in a very painful situation if you continue skateboarding in streets and either get hit or hit someone else.
on August 20,2013 | 10:00PM
atilter wrote:
again - good luck!!!!
on August 20,2013 | 07:03PM
Jonas wrote:
Yep, it's up to you. I don't mind skating, but we all must live with the consequences of our actions. There's a big difference between being careful and being reckless. And if you do get hurt, it's all on you.
on August 20,2013 | 04:08PM
TLehel wrote:
That's why I'm careful and not reckless. The closest I've ever come to being hit by a car has been from drivers not paying attention when I'm going to cross the street or already crossing, on the crosswalk, mind you. So if I ever get hit by a car while skating, SA better get the story right because it won't be reckless on my part at all. Oh and lowtone123, there are brakes on a skateboard. It's called sliding, which is a skill. Not everyone is "bombing" hills you know.
on August 20,2013 | 05:13PM
honopic wrote:
If you're skating in the crosswalk, you're breaking the law. Crosswalks are for pedestrians. If you pick up your board, enter the crosswalk on foot, and resume skating on the other side, fine. If not, you are guilty of reckless endangerment -- of yourself. You'll likely keep bragging about your skill and ability to avoid being hit by a car until it happens. I hope it doesn't, but sounds like you're looking for trouble.
on August 20,2013 | 10:02PM
atilter wrote:
we wish you well as you defy the basic tenets of logic and safety. may you survive yourself!!!!
on August 20,2013 | 07:02PM
scooters wrote:
Mental midgets.
on August 20,2013 | 07:04AM
cojef wrote:
Pushing the envelope too far. You gotta know your limitations, a much used phrase.
on August 20,2013 | 07:09AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Being young is fun and exciting only if you can make it into your adult years.
on August 20,2013 | 07:16AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Being a senior is a graduation to life in itself.
on August 20,2013 | 06:18PM
realist3463 wrote:
Let's hope he has not had any kids. You can find a better gene pool in a mud puddle.
on August 20,2013 | 07:23AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just have "fun" in a napkin and flush
on August 20,2013 | 06:18PM
honopic wrote:
Too bad there's no such thing as a time machine so we could go back and say the same thing to your parents. Shame on you for such a heartless, senseless comment.
on August 20,2013 | 10:03PM
mrluke wrote:
Stupid is as stupid does!
on August 20,2013 | 07:35AM
Big C wrote:
Age and body of a man, mind of a "LO LO"! As Grimbold commented "Natural selection. Darwin's law." I agree 100%
on August 20,2013 | 08:02AM
kuewa wrote:
How pupule ! Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode.
on August 20,2013 | 08:05AM
allie wrote:
except it is a real death. It is permanent
on August 20,2013 | 03:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Prove it.
on August 20,2013 | 06:18PM
Morimoto wrote:
Well at least he can't get anymore brain damaged than he already was.
on August 20,2013 | 09:11AM
mikethenovice wrote:
What brain?
on August 20,2013 | 06:19PM
honopic wrote:
Look who's talking. Your comments are sickening and would be funny if they weren't so mean-spirited and senseless.
on August 20,2013 | 10:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
Maybe he going get smarter by banging his "atama".
on August 20,2013 | 09:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
atama is head in Japanese.
on August 20,2013 | 06:19PM
honopic wrote:
Wow! mikethenovice knows one word in Japanese! Too bad his English is so nasty.
on August 20,2013 | 10:06PM
ryan02 wrote:
This was so incredibly stupid, you can't help but think it's Darwinism at work. Although, at least he didn't endanger anyone else but himself. So as stupid as it is to be pulled alongside or behind a car, he wasn't a menace to society. Unlike that motorcyclist who was speeding on Likelike Hwy, or so many other reckless drivers. I would probably put those other reckless drivers ahead of this lolo on a list of people who "deserve" to die.
on August 20,2013 | 10:57AM
honopic wrote:
"Deserve to die" ryan02? And just exactly how do you get to decide who deserves to live and who deserves to die? Who put you in charge?
on August 20,2013 | 10:07PM
false wrote:
See skate borders doing this every so often and this is the sad results.
on August 20,2013 | 11:19AM
allie wrote:
agree..horrible, noisy, dangerous sport
on August 20,2013 | 03:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Anything is dangerous when not done as designed.
on August 20,2013 | 06:20PM
honopic wrote:
Another insipid allie comment. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform!
on August 20,2013 | 10:08PM
Kailuaraised wrote:
Wear your lid. Never understood why people who are doing something dumb can't put on a helmet.
on August 20,2013 | 11:49AM
menehunemimi wrote:
Same with seat belts, should be automatic. Do they think it's dorky or sissy to use these protections? Peer pressure doesn't keep you safe.
on August 20,2013 | 01:36PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Wear a lid? He still would have injured his neck.
on August 20,2013 | 06:20PM
TheFarm wrote:
Enough with the skitching already!
on August 20,2013 | 11:54AM
jussayin wrote:
yup, you folks are right; stupid. just don't play the victim.
on August 20,2013 | 01:04PM
Masami wrote:
I saw a skateboarder going down Ward Avenue "above the freeway". He went straight down the center of the lane and I guess he made it as I didn't read anything about him that evening. THAT GUY......has some big alas.
on August 20,2013 | 01:10PM
COlohe1 wrote:
and if he keeps doing it, sooner or later, he going get karang alas.
on August 20,2013 | 01:24PM
Skyler wrote:
Haha, no kidding.
on August 20,2013 | 04:52PM
mikethenovice wrote:
That was the same dude practicing for his last "supper".
on August 20,2013 | 06:21PM
pukahead wrote:
These peoples just don't Get It!!
on August 20,2013 | 01:31PM
krusha wrote:
Dude who was driving should just say he didn't know the guy was hanging on to his car...
on August 20,2013 | 01:43PM
Frances wrote:
I can't believe the insensitivity and references to "Darwinism" in this thread. For one thing, my heart goes out to the boy and his family, even though he did a very foolish thing. Secondly, is the reference to Darwin a racial or class-type slur? Would be nice if we could avoid being smug and arrogant, but I guess that's too much to ask from people who prefer to use fake nicknames online.
on August 20,2013 | 02:03PM
allie wrote:
on August 20,2013 | 03:36PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thank you.
on August 20,2013 | 03:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
THANK YOU! Stupid, yes...deserving of death? NO! We ALL did stupid things when we were teenagers. Those of us who made it through our teenage years - most of us weren't particularly Einsteins, we just got lucky.
on August 20,2013 | 04:32PM
ellemnop wrote:
Thank You, Frances and Anonymous. You said it best. We've all done some crazy things, especially in our youth, not thinking death would be the result. So sad. Just when you think you have your whole life in front of you . . . Blessings to the Danielson family and friends. RIP Alan.
on August 20,2013 | 05:55PM
justin_thyme wrote:
Yes, thank you to all the compassionate people who've shown sensitivity to the Danielson family. Alan's parents are experiencing the worst tragedy imaginable -- the death of their child. Please, people, show them some aloha and stop posting insults!
on August 20,2013 | 06:13PM
mikethenovice wrote:
truth is not an insult.
on August 20,2013 | 06:22PM
kelbells34 wrote:
Charge the driver...I don't thing the Hawaii Kai boy got charged and that boy DIED. Should have set an example the first time. And for those people "ghost riding"...Whatever happened? I don't think anyone was charged either. At least charge em with STUPIDITY and take away their license.
on August 20,2013 | 02:21PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Famous words, I didn't know he was hanging on.
on August 20,2013 | 06:22PM
spanda08 wrote:
We have reported this to the police on several occasions as i live on that street. This happens all the time, and these kids don't realize that they don't only put themselves in danger, but anyone who lives there. I'm sorry that this happened to this young man.
on August 20,2013 | 02:47PM
paniolo wrote:
Two guys died this year. Anymore thrill seekers out there? The ones doing the pulling by moped or car should be charged with something. They are 50% responsible for these accidents. Enough of this insanity. Young lives gone too soon.
on August 20,2013 | 03:41PM
joshislost wrote:
why charge the driver??? did he force his friend to hold on to the vehicle? kids get shot, guns blamed. bombs go off, bombs blamed. Make up your minds people.
on August 20,2013 | 04:26PM
Tony91 wrote:
This is exactly why this kind of thrill seeking is a heinously selfish act. If I am safely driving the speed limit and being very cautious and some imbecile kid on a skateboard bombing a hill with no brakes crosses the double yellow line and slams into my car and dies, guess who gets sued? Why should the rest of the public (not to mention the poor kid's family) have to suffer the horrific consequences of these lolos' terrible decision making skills? To the kids on this page saying they will continue, I sure hope the police take notice of these incidents and start enforcing some basic traffic laws to protect me and my family from liability and physical harm.
on August 20,2013 | 04:42PM
joshislost wrote:
next big wave surfer that dies, you same people better be calling for the head of that person who towed him in. Funny thing is i dont even skate, just recognizing stupid.
on August 20,2013 | 04:33PM
Skyler wrote:
I had one skateboarder try to maneuver around me while he was flying down the middle of Nuuanu Ave - BOTH sides of the road, in all lanes that there weren't parked cars. Started way up top by Wylie, heading into town. Almost took him out, too, when he lost his footing & went off his board. Stupid is as stupid does, for real.
on August 20,2013 | 04:55PM
TaiBow wrote:
Some basic truths: (1) Pavement vs. Head - Pavement wins; (2) 4-wheels vs. 2-wheels - 4 wheels wins; & (3) Dumb friends facilitate bad outcomes!
on August 20,2013 | 04:58PM
Heinbear wrote:
Sad...I cannot be judgmental, as I did my share of stupid things when I was 18; who didn't? My prayers for his family and friends.
on August 20,2013 | 05:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
You made it to age 18? Will you make age 81?
on August 20,2013 | 06:23PM
W_Williams wrote:
I'm so sad to read this. Aloha to his family.
on August 20,2013 | 05:45PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Did he get a citation from the Honolulu Police Department?
on August 20,2013 | 06:14PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No technology will supersede gravity.
on August 20,2013 | 06:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
on August 20,2013 | 06:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
I really wish the SA would take the thread down on this article. A family lost their son / brother / nephew / grandson / friend. Too many insensitive people out there. I truly hope this never happens to any of the posters here.
on August 20,2013 | 06:20PM
inverse wrote:
Why? The person was an adult who made his OWN decision to behave recklessly and it cost him his life. Maybe by publicizing this story, including the more harsher comments, parents will start taking a more active role in what their kids are doing at 2 in the morning. This 18 year old must have still been supported by his parents and although many do want to be considered as 'hovering' parents, it is clear some of their adult children NEED more adult supervision and guidance. Its unpleasant for some to read the comments but maybe this is what it will take for parents to take a stand against their children who behave recklessly.
on August 20,2013 | 09:53PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Even my dog won't do this feat of fate.
on August 20,2013 | 06:24PM
honopic wrote:
I pity your dog. Poor thing has to live with you.
on August 20,2013 | 10:14PM
Kapaho wrote:
They just don't learn. Riding a skateboard being pulled by a car at 2:30 a.m. without a helmet is an accident waiting to happen and it happened.
on August 20,2013 | 07:09PM
lifeisgood wrote:
My heart goes out to this young man's family. SO tragic.
on August 20,2013 | 07:29PM
I feel sad for his family, My sympathy goes out to them. Yes, we were young once and did crazy things, and fortunately we survived. I wish he had lived, no, I won't call him stupid, just young and inexperience. God be with him and his family.
on August 20,2013 | 07:42PM
312guy wrote:
RIP and to the family my condolences, I too lost a family member today
on August 20,2013 | 08:54PM
jussayin wrote:
As I tell my daughter, we all make mistakes; just don't make the big ones that can cost you your life or someone else's. Those that enjoy the thrill, that's fine ... just be responsible for your choice and don't cause disturbance to others. I see reckless skateboarders all the time, e.g. skating in the middle of the road, weaving thru parking lots at shopping centers, etc.
on August 20,2013 | 08:55PM
312guy wrote:
shame on you that have no feelings for the loss of life, you will call what this young man was doing as stupid but defend elderts on his actions as not being dumb or reckless when someone has a gun. auwe! RIP Alan
on August 20,2013 | 09:03PM
kukui_nut wrote:
I have towed and been towed with both skateboard and bicycle without incident many years ago without giving it a second thought. Accidents happen. Condolences to the family.
on August 20,2013 | 10:16PM
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