Family mourns loss of young man killed in skateboarding accident

He was a young man who had big dreams of making it in the music industry.

But 18-year-old Alan Danielson will never get the chance to fulfill his dreams.

He died early Tuesday morning after a skateboarding accident in Kaneohe.

On Tuesday night, Alan’s family stopped by the crash site on Apapane Street, which is just down the road from where they live.

They created a makeshift memorial.

“As far as the family is concerned, we wanted to do that. It’s a hard time right now. We’re not sure what to do,” said David Danielson, Alan’s uncle.

Alan graduated from Castle High School in May.

“He was just a vivacious young boy. He was everything that every parent could hope for,” Danielson said.

At about 2:30 a.m., Alan was skateboarding down his street while holding on to the side mirror of a car driven by his friend. He flew off.

“He bled quite a bit. He hit his head very, very hard,” Danielson said.

“Just can’t believe, I just wish this was a dream and I woke up and this all didn’t happen,” Alan’s friend Evan Cheng said.

Cheng lived across of Alan.  They grew up together.

“I was sleeping and my friends went on the side of my house and woke me up and told me about it. I would’ve hanged out with them last night, but I decided to go home and sleep early,” Cheng said. “They told me he was being towed by a car and lost control.  The board snapped in half.”

Traffic investigators have opened a negligent homicide case because there was a death involving a car, but so far, the driver has not been arrested.

“Riding a skateboard being pulled by a car — not the best decision made,” Danielson said.

Despite Alan’s decision, his family says he was a smart guy.

“Alan was always tweaking with computers and taking them apart and putting them together.  And he loved his music.  Music was a big deal for him,” Danielson said.

KORA was Alan’s DJ name. His bio on his website, which features some of his music, says he started making Trance and Techno music when he was 14.

“He had a bright future ahead of him,” Cheng said.

Alan was supposed to start his first semester at Honolulu Community College next Monday. He had dreams of one day making it big in the music industry.

“He wanted to be famous of course. He had the brains, he had the attitude, and he was just a great kid.  We’re all going to miss him,” Danielson said.

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