SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The teenage driver involved in Wednesday's car crash on Cooper Road in Scotch Plains died late last night.
Daniel Triano, 17, a junior at Academy for Information Technology (AIT), part of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS), underwent emergency surgery at University Hospital in Newark following a the crash.
On Wednesday evening, Peter A. Capodice, Superintendent of Schools for the UCVTS made the following Facebook post:
Dear UCVTS Family:
Late this afternoon I was informed by the Scotch Plains Police that one of our UCVTS students was involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident and was airlifted to University Hospital in Newark to undergo emergency surgery. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our student.
All of our administrators are preparing for tomorrow and all eleven of our counsellors will be available tomorrow for students that may be seeking support...
As members of our UCVTS Family I know you will be joining us in wishing our student the strength to make it through this ordeal. I will do my best to keep you all informed of any new developments in this matter.
Peter A. Capodice
Superintendent of Schools
Friends and classmates have taken to social media to express their sadness.
I can't think of a single person who didn't like him. We will all miss you Dan [💙] #RIPDan, wrote AIT classmate Marc Occhipinti of Scotch Plains.
Triano played for the Dayton/Brearley hockey team and was named as a defenseman to the Liberty Division's First Team along with Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School forward Nick Cassara, among others, in March.
A bright spot for a team that won just one contest, Triano scored 22 goals in the 2015-16 season, including a hat trick against Oratory Prep on February 13 in his final game.