Update, 7:50 a.m. April 20, KTVU reporting on Arbolado Drive police activity.
Nine days after of the SUV that who were riding bicycles on Treat Boulevard April 7, authorities say it's unclear when the case will be turned in to the District Attorney's office.
"We're doing analysis of physical evidence," said Concord Police Lt. Bill Roche. "... based on the debris field, crush damage on the vehicle, a full-scale diagram of the scene and waiting for drugs and alcohol reports ... it takes time."
The investigation into the accident that claimed the lives of Hadessa, 9, and Soleiman Nuri, 41, ranges from reviewing the statements of all involved parties, witnesses and emergency responder reports to more technical items such as mechanical assessments of the car, cell phone records, and standard drug and alcohol lab tests, said Roche. All items could serve in court to prove negligence was a factor, potentially making the accident manslaughter.
Neighbors are talking about the potential that the 17-year-old suspect who was driving the white Escalade in the April 7 Treat Boulevard crash in Concord was cited by Walnut Creek police a week before in the same Escalade for possession of alcohol. More about that later in this article.
held in honor of the victims.
Concord investigators are busy. "We're working on all of them simultaneously, but the drug and alcohol test, for example, isn't up to us," said Lt. Roche. "We do it on all types of cases like these and they can't be rushed; could still be a couple of weeks."
The Escalade flipped over a number of times, witnesses said, and damaged a building at Treat Boulevard and Oak Grove and also injured the victims' 12-year-old daughter and sister, who survived the accident.
Proof that the teenage driver behaved in a negligent manner is what would make the accident a felony, said Roche.
"Because of the law, no matter how emotional the case, the defense attorney will fire back. We know it'll be a huge issue to prove driving speed, negligence or obviously, alcohol."
Roche said he could not comment in detail on what evidence the department has or doesn't have.
Party a week before
A neighbor in the Arbolado Drive area of Walnut Creek, who asked not to be identified, believes the 17-year-old suspect is the same individual cited for possession of alcohol a week before in Walnut Creek. The license plate of the white Escalade cited in the March 31 incident in Walnut Creek matches the license plate of the white Escalade in the fatal accident April 7 on Treat Boulevard in Concord, according to a post in the Claycord blog.
Police would not confirm that the same white Escalade and the same 17-year-old driver are involved in the two incidents, Walnut Creek Police Lt. Lanny Edwards and Concord Police Lt. Bill Roche said Thursday.
"There are still items being investigated that have not been confirmed by [CPD] as fact," said Roche. "[And those] can affect people's emotions."
At 11:35 a.m. Saturday, March 31 — the weekend before the Treat Boulevard fatal accident — a 17-year-old was cited for possession of alcohol in a white Escalade at Arbolado Drive and Manzano Drive in Walnut Creek, according to bulletins from the Walnut Creek police.
Police responded to a complaint by a neighbor about a suspicious white Escalade in the neighborhood. Walnut Creek police are withholding identification of the 17-year-old as a juvenile offender.
A neighbor on Naranja Drive, Steven Pierce, told KTVU News he remembers seeing police stop the white Escalade in front of his home. Police spent "quite a while" going through the Escalade, including a search by a police dog, Pierce told KTVU.
The alcohol citation late the morning of March 31 came after a long, busy night of police calls up and down Arbolado Drive, with a loud party going on in the neighborhood. Police responded to a complaint about cars coming and going from one house and at 7:14 p.m. Friday, March 30, arrested Logan Muela, 18, of Walnut Creek, on suspicion of possession of heroin in the first block of Arbolado Drive, according to WCPD bulletins.
According to WCPD bulletins, on that Friday night along Arbolado Drive, police also investigated complaints of:
- three youths walking on a lawn.
- a suspicious van parked in the area.
- vehicles driving erratically on the wrong side of the road on Arbolado, and
- another juvenile who was cited for narcotics and weapons violations.