Family, friends remember Clinton teen who died in car crash

Daniel Navarro-Caravantes (Family Photo)

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Clinton teenager they say moved to the U.S. so he could help his family by sending money back to El Salvador.

Daniel Navarro-Caravantes, 18, died Sunday night after his blue Hyundai left the road and hit a power pole. Prince George’s County Police say they responded around 10:50 p.m. The accident happened in a wooded area in the 8400 block of Temple Hill Road in Clinton.

Police say Caravantes’s car was headed south and why it left the road is still under investigation.

Friends and family say they’re shocked and very sad.

“They don’t understand how that happened,” a cousin told ABC7 News in Spanish. “He was a person who didn’t drink, didn’t smoke.”

Family and friends say Caravantes was a Crossland High School student who took his studies very seriously. They say he spent much of his free time working. He’d worked in construction and also had been working at a restaurant washing dishes.

They say the main reason he came to the United States was to send back money to support his mother and father, and also to support a brother who lost the use of his legs in an accident.

“His family really needs him,” said close friend Denis Rivas, who had known Caravantes since they were both in El Salvador. “The situation in our country is very difficult — very, very difficult.”

Now, loved ones are asking for help to send Caravantes’s remains to his home country to bury him.

Police say Caravantes was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and was the only person in the car.

PGPD put the following call for help on their website:

“Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477); online at or the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app to your mobile device).”
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