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Driver in fatal Evergreen Mills crash taken into custody ahead of bond hearing

Tony Dane
The driver of a food truck who crashed his vehicle into a car on Evergreen Mills Road Sept. 8, killing a mother of three, was taken into custody Tuesday at Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Tony Dane was indicted Monday for involuntary manslaughter. Additionally, he was charged with driving without a license, no insurance, reckless driving and no inspection.

Dane told the court Tuesday he didn't have an attorney and requested to be represented by a public defender. Presiding Judge Stephen Sincavage appointed an attorney from the public defender's office.

Dane's bond hearing is set for Nov. 15.

During the incident, Dane was driving a 2000 Thomas bus converted into a food truck, which was traveling east on Watson Road when it reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a 2014 Audi Station wagon traveling northbound on Evergreen Mills Road, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Erin Kaplan, 39, of Ashburn, the driver of the Audi, lost her life at the scene. Her three children and her mother were in the car and hospitalized.

Loudoun County prosecutors told the judge Dane was on bond for several felonies committed in Nevada at the time of the fatal crash. Court records from Clark County in Nevada show Dane had indictments for perjury, extortion, filing a false document and illegal wiretapping.

Since Kaplan’s death, the local community has stepped up pressure on county officials to speed up safety improvements on Evergreen Mills Road.

Tree clearing to improve visibility was quickly carried out by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). In October, the Board of Supervisors approved a safety audit of Evergreen Mills Road between Battlefield Parkway and Loudoun County Parkway and Watson Road between Evergreen Mills Road and Route 50.

Then on Nov. 1, VDOT began installing high-friction pavement treatment to improve skid resistance for drivers approaching curves along Evergreen Mills Road north and south of Watson road.

VDOT spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis told the Times-Mirror that the upcoming improvements to the roadway were both planned and came about after the accident.

A website and Facebook group, Make Evergreen Mills Road Safe, has been set up by concerned residents to track progress and press for more changes


westLOUDOUNer, I don’t see where VDOT holds any liability for this accident.  This accident lies solely and squarely on Dane’s shoulders.  And while I appreciate their efforts to make the road safer, the condition of Evergreen Mills Road did not contribute to this accident.  I have been a commuter on that road for the better part of 30 years, the road isn’t the problem.

@westLOUDOUNer - besides the individual driving beyond the limits of this road, not sure how anyone besides him carries any blame for this accident.

BUT WHY did he run the stop sign?

Justice needs to be served on Tony Dane for the devastation he caused on the Kaplan family!

Tony knew exactly what he was doing by drive a food truck / bus with faulty breaks and no insurance.  This was not Erin’s fault for driving properly.  Tony’s terrible decisions took the beautiful life of Erin Kaplan.  Plus the impact Tony created on the Kaplan family….FOREVER!

Justice must be served!!!

Seems to me that VDOT carries some of the blame for this accident.

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