Concord police are recommending that prosecutors charge a17-year-old boy with vehicular manslaughter for running over andkilling a father and daughter riding their bicycles, investigatorssaid Thursday. If they do bring a case, Contra Costa County prosecutors mustdecide whether the boy will face misdemeanor or felony charges andwhether to seek a trial in adult or juvenile court. The Chronicle is not naming the youth because he is a minor. Hisparents did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The boy was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter afterthe April 7 crash that killed Solaiman Nuri, 41, and his 9-year-olddaughter, Hadessa. |
The two were hit by a Cadillac Escalade as they rode their bikes onthe sidewalk on Treat Boulevard near Oak Grove Road. Hadessa's12-year-old sister, Hannah, suffered minor injuries. A preliminary investigation showed that the boy, a student atOlympic Continuation High School in Concord, had been speeding inthe 45-mph zone and had made an unsafe lane change, possibly to getaround another car, before the 9:30 a.m. crash, police said.
Police have analyzed physical evidence, witness statements, themechanics of the SUV and whether the boy was distracted by his cellphone or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said police Lt.Bill Roche. He would not discuss investigators' findings. Dan Cabral, a juvenile-crimes prosecutor, confirmed Thursday thathe had been "in communication" with police but declined furthercomment. Cabral has previously said that if a case is brought against theteen, it would probably be in juvenile court. Vehicularmanslaughter is not normally among the crimes for which minors arecharged as adults, he said.
But prosecutors could still ask a juvenile-court judge to send thecase to adult court, citing the severity of the crime, any criminalhistory and other factors. Emal Karzai, 26, of Dublin, the brother of Nuri's widow, StooraiNuri, said the family was heartened that police had wrapped uptheir investigation. "We know they've done their job and have gone over all the evidenceto make sure everything's done the right way," Karzai said. "Wejust want to see whatever the law recommends. We're not here to goan eye-for-an-eye or anything like that." Henry K.
Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: Twitter: @henryklee This article appeared on page C - 3 of the San rancisco hronicle.
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