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Driver Who Killed Nuri Father and Daughter Sent to Juvenile Hall

The 17-year-old changed his plea to "guilty" in court Wednesday morning and was placed in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall to await sentencing.

The driver of the SUV that has admitted fault in the crime.

The 17-year-old changed his plea to "guilty" in court in Martinez Wednesday morning and was taken to juvenile hall, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and will be sentenced on Oct. 22.

Patch has determined not to name the 17-year-old due to his age. He faces a term of up to seven years and eight months, but will be released in just three years when he turns 21 since he will have been convicted as a minor. California law stipulates that minors cannot be charged as adults in cases of vehicular manslaughter, which is not categorized as a violent felony.

The teen driver also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving, KTVU reports. Two other misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Judge Lois Haight and Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral deemed the teenager a "danger to society" and he was incarcerated immediately.

Peter Coleridge, the teenager's attorney, told the court Wednesday that his client is "not an evil person" and wants to take responsibility for the pain and suffering he has caused, according to Bay City News. 

Members of the Nuri family declined to hear an apology from the teenager in court, and their attorney, Michael Cardoza, said that while his willingness to admit guilt and apologize is good, "it rings a bit hollow to us now," he said. "We didn't hear it on the day he was arrested, when it would have meant something to us."

He was apparently driving at an excessive rate of speed when the crash occurred — 72 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to police. The driver had also made an unsafe lane change just before hitting the three members of Nuri family, who were riding their bicycles on Treat Boulevard around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April. 7.

Solaiman Nuri was pronounced dead at the scene, and Hadessa died a short time later at John Muir Medical Center. Hannah, 12, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Stoorai Nuri, the widow of Solaiman Nuri, along with her daughter Hannah and brother, attended the Concord City Council meeting Tuesday evening to thank the city for its support. The city plans to install a bench in Ygnacio Valley Park to commemorate the tragic loss of Solaiman and Hadessa Nuri.

Ron September 27, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What a travesty. Just goes to show there is no justice in our "justice system".
Jed September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
PLEA DEAL??!!! TWO PEOPLE are dead and this jerk gets a PLEA DEAL as a JUVENILE? Somebody in the court/district attorney system has been smoking too much of that happy grass. The dude should have been tried as an adult and sentenced to hard time! That is, if there is any such thing as "hard time" these days.
Kathy D September 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Young Mr. Rosen should have been charged as an adult. but, what's done is done. Now, he needs to have his license permanently revoked and be ordered to pay child support to the surviving child until she is 18. Or, if she attends college, until she is 21. He also needs to be financially responsible for the funeral costs for the deceased.
Emily Henry (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Kathy, interesting idea but how could a 17-year-old afford to pay child support or funeral costs?
Chris J Kapsalis September 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
And being locked up. But I think she meant over time.
Colleen Finley September 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This "kid" already has a record of reckless driving, yet his PARENTS did nothing to insure he did not drive. THEY should be charged with negligence, AND spend time in JAIL along with the kid. All three family members should be ordered to pay restitution. Motor vehicles ARE killing machines, AGE should have nothing to do with the punishment for ignorance or arrogance when operating one. He was well aware of the possible consequences of his actions - - he didn't care.

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