The 17-year-old driver of the SUV that on Treat Boulevard, has been released from juvenile hall.
The results of a police investigation into the circumstances of the accident which resulted in the death of Solaiman Nuri and his daughter, Hadessa Nuri, are expected to take close to two weeks, Concord Police Lt. Bill Roche said Monday, but in the meantime, the law requires the juvenile to be released.
The unidentified 17-year-old was arrested at the scene of the accident for vehicular manslaughter, but authorities can't keep him in jail unless formal charges are filed within 48 hours. That deadline was Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
of an emotional Sunday evening candle-light vigil held in honor of the Nuris at the scene of the fatal accident.
The district attorney's office will not file charges until it receives a complete report on the accident from the Concord Police Department, and investigators are still compiling the report, police Lt. Bill Roche said.
"They want the entire packet done before they make the review. We still have a lot of work to do," Roche said.
The following statement was issued by the victims' family:
On behalf on the Karzai/Nuri family we would like to thank the People of Concord and the rest of the community who have reached out to our family and have been a great help in this time of pain. We would also like to thank the Concord police department and the district attorney for all of their hard work.
We understand this will be a long process and have been made aware the driver might be released today. We know this country has a justice system put in place and we respect it, that is why our families moved here over 27 years ago. At this time we are focused on being a family and Laying our loved ones to rest and letting the police do their job. Thank You
On behalf of the Karzai/Nuri family
Roche said investigators are poring over physical evidence, witness reports and the mechanical review of the vehicle involved, a white 2002 Cadillac Escalade. They are also looking into whether the teen was texting or talking on the phone and whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, Roche said.
Police say the driver could be arrested again depending on the results of the investigation.
The car was traveling at an "excessive rate of speed" through the intersection when it went out of control, struck a fire hydrant, hit the bicyclists, then careened into a building, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said.
"We believe speed to be a factor, but the sequence of events is still under investigation," Roche said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Traffic Officer Ken Carlson at (925) 603-5931
Want to help? The family set up a Memorial Fund:
Donations should be made to the "Solaiman and Hadessa Nuri Memorial Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch.
the account number is: 3268148529
- Bay City News contributed to this report.
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