Cahuenga Pass crash victim was local actress Polly Tolonen

Polly TolonenOn Friday night I received some sad and unexpected news – the victim in Thursday afternoon’s crash on the 101 along the Cahuenga Pass was an old friend, Polly Tolonen.

While I wasn’t close to Polly, I’d bump into on occasion and was always greeted with a beautiful smile and abundant kindness. She was a fantastic actress, funny as hell, and somehow was able to convince everyone that her turtle, Goober, had as much personality as any dog or cat (of course, maybe Goober actually had that much character).

The 32 year old Ann Arbor native had built a rather large circle of friends, as displayed by the number of people who crowded The Galley in Santa Monica an hour after a memorial was held for her this afternoon.

A brief obituary listed on, via the LA Times, mentions that she is survived by, “her parents, brother Larry Tolonen of Grand Rapids, MI, sister Heidi Bonetti of Dallas, TX, brother Chris Tolonen of Seattle, WA, three nephews and a niece whom she dearly loved, and scores of friends she touched along her journey.”

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