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Update: Authorities Release Driver in Saturday's Fatal Crash

17-year-old could be re-arrested pending police investigation.

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

Emal Karzai
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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Steve Bond April 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
So aside from criminal negligence or manslaughter charges, his worst case scenario is losing his license till he's 21. Insurance company will prob cover what little coverage they are responsible for which is likely ridiculously insufficient. Yea, thats justice for ya.
Rosemary April 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Why aren't parents criminally punished for the misdeeds of their children?
Chris Nicholson April 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Not sure if you are serious, but the theory is that *punishment* as distinct from civil monetary liability, is reserved for states of mind / mens rea worse than simple negligence. There also needs to be causal link between this bad state of mind and the commission of the crime. Unless there is a understanding with the parent (conspiracy) regarding the criminal act, the bad intent is no worse than negligence and/or the causal link between bad parenting and the crime is too tenuous... Sometimes, a specific act of a parent (e.g., giving an untrained and erratic kid a loaded gun) can be so reckless as to be a crime, but I think you are suggesting a crime of "criminal parenting" (in general) and/or vicarious strict criminal liability for all acts of kids. I see the appeal in terms of incentives to be better parents, but also kind of a rough rule....
Steve Bond April 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Well, I think at a min, if you kill someone and there is cause for civil negligence liability then you should lose your license for at least 20 yrs. regardless of whether youre a minor. If you are caught driving without the license with this on your record then it should be the equivalent of a drunk driving charge against you. If the parents will not police their own kids then the state/judicial system has to remove them from being a danger to society.
Rosemary April 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I have always favored rough, rules that is.

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