UPDATE: 17-Year-old Driver Arrested in Fatal Crash That Killed Girl, Father

Driver was speeding, witnesses say, when he hit three cyclists. The third, 12, suffered minor injuries.

Monday, April, 9 Updated 2:15 p.m.

A father and his 9-year-old daughter were killed and a 12-year-old daughter was injured Saturday morning when a speeding, out-of-control sports utility vehicle sheared off a fire hydrant, struck them and slammed into a building.

The victims were Solaiman Nuri, 41, and Hadessa Nuri, 9, of Concord. The 12-year-old daughter, unidentified by police, suffered minor injuries, according to a news release from the .

The 17-year-old driver of the 2002 white Cadillac Escalade was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, then arrested on a charge of vehicular manslaughter and brought to Juvenile Hall in Martinez, police reported.

note: to watch a video of a candle-light vigil held Sunday in honor of Solaiman and Hadessa Nuri.

The three family members were riding bicycles on the sidewalk at the intersection of Treat Boulevard and Oak Grove Road at about 9:30 a.m. when they were struck by the speeding Escalade, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said. All three bicyclists were wearing helmets, Concord police reported. They were riding on Treat Boulevard eastbound.

Mark Lucas, the manager of the Oil Changers on the southeast corner of the intersection, was chatting with a customer in the bays when he heard a boom. He stepped outside to see the SUV flipping over. He estimated it flipped over four or five times.

Then, Lucas said, "I heard kids screaming."

Lucas said he often saw the Nuris riding bikes in the area.

Immediately after the accident, the girl who survived was crying and pointing back toward where her father lay with his bicycle, according to a woman who works in the area and declined to identify herself. The woman also saw citizens tending to the injured people in the immediate aftermath and water gushing out of the hydrant at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Preliminary reports indicate that the vehicle was traveling at an "excessive rate of speed" through the intersection when it lost control, hit the three bicyclists and then careened into the building, Broschard said.

Solaiman Nuri was pronounced dead at the scene; Hadessa, the 9-year-old, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was pronounced dead.

The elder Nuri was an Afghan immigrant who came to Concord from New York about five years ago, friends told the San Francisco Chronicle. He drove a truck and volunteered for his younger daughter's youth soccer team. She was a student at , where students are off school this week for spring break.

The 12-year-old girl was also taken to John Muir Medical Center for treatment of minor-to-moderate injuries.

The SUV banged off the one-story building at 2975 Treat Blvd., which houses an optometry office and has other office space for lease. There was visible damage to the beige brick of the building. Broschard said city engineers were responding to assess the structural integrity of the building damaged in the crash.

The Escalade was westbound on Treat Boulevard. It sheared off the hydrant at the northwest corner. Solaiman's bike came to rest about 100 feet west of the intersection in a driveway at 2975 Treat Blvd, with a silver water bottle resting alongside it. The two colorful girls bikes came to rest on the sidewalk about 150 feet west of the dad's bike. The SUV, with its severely damaged front end, ended up in a lane of traffic on Treat Boulevard, about 50 feet west of the girls' bikes.

One front wheel came off the SUV and was up against a window of the building.

The building is across Treat Boulevard from Flying Colors Comics and Trader Joe's in the Oak Grove Plaza.

The police investigation lasted all day, with part of the block of Treat Boulevard west of Oak Grove Road blocked and marked off with yellow police tape.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Concord Traffic Officer Ken Carlson at (925) 603-5931.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

S B April 09, 2012 at 05:04 AM
janice hirsch, are you kidding me? It's not like this guy wasn't just paying attention. He was going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was speeding on purpose, lost control due to his negligence, and deserves a few decades in prison for killing two innocent people as a result of trying to be cool.
Steve Bond April 09, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Yea, I got a problem with that logic Janice. I was 17 decades ago and rode a motorcycle to school all year long. I was not the most responsible kid then either and I am fortunate nothing like this ever happened to me but I also did not have several speeding tickets under my belt at that age. If I did my dad wouldve yanked my keys and stopped paying for my insurance in a heartbeat after the 1st speeding ticket. If I ever got the money to buy a car like this Lade and got more than 1 speeding ticket the keys would be removed from my possession at that age for the simple reason that as a kid I was his responsibility until I turned 18. Without showing responsibility on my part he would never have allowed me the freedom that this kid was given. While times change and parenting changes from 20+ yrs ago, the fact of the matter that this kid is the responsibility of his parents until he turns 18 remains unchanged.
BluDog April 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
When I got my license on my 16th birthday the law was something to the effect that if you got 2 points on your driving record before either 18 or 21 then your license was suspended. I apparently erroneously thought in the many years since the laws had become more strict. This kid should not have had a license with multiple speeding tickets at 17. I echo the comments of irresponsible/inadequate/bad parenting and extend my condolences to the family. Perhaps this state needs to revisit upping the driving age to 18.
KC WRIGHT April 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I've often ridden down that stretch. I'm sticking to the Bike Trail from now on. Senseless Tragedy for which words do not suffice.
Adalto Nascimento April 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
In case you missed it, there was a vigil held in honor of Hadessa and Solaiman Nuri Sunday evening. You can watch that here: http://patch.com/A-srNp
The Merry One April 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thank you for sharing this link, Robert. It certainly sheds a different light on this driver, doesn't it?
A.j. April 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I am also a member of the family and just wanted to let everyone know how devastating this has been on all of us...I want justice to be served to the fullest extent of the law and that no loop hole in the judicial system work in the suspects favor. We all know that the suspect was a "time bomb" as stated earlier he would frequent that strip and I am sure it was not the first time he came through there speeding etc...he has ruined lives and deserves to pay for what he did. There is nothing in the world that can correct this Nothing...may Allah's grace pull us through... Aj
Hali April 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Janice Hirsch. Here is the proof that he IS in fact a MORONIC IDIOT. A thuggish to be precise. http://facepunch.com/threads/1175959
Hali April 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Agree 100%. His life deserves to be ruined to the fullest extend.
Hali April 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Aj, I am so sorry for your loss! This thug should be put away in prison for the rest of his life.
Jon April 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I have 2 girls (9&7) and the same age as the father (41). We also enjoy bicycling together as a family and tears gather in my eyes thinking of the loss. I don't know the victims but word cannot describe my sorrow as it hits really close to home. May God (Allah?) provide some hope and know they are in heaven and mentally punish the young and foolish 17 year old punk.
Shirley Happel April 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Well said, Jon. I totally agree. I would like to help this family, but I don't know how to get in touch. Many prayers, for sure.
HAMED April 10, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I can not express my sorrow to his family, i am so mad at this guy that I can't even write, I am so mad and I have so much anger toward this 17 years old who killed a father and his daughter that if i see him right now i would break every bones in his body. Ho god help me I have so much hate toward this guy.
thatgirl April 11, 2012 at 06:11 AM
This 17 year old didnt mean any harm to anyone. He was the sweetest kid you could meet. Was always there for you and protected you from any harm. He was a brother to me. Yes he was driving like a moron, but what teenager doesn't! I think he deserves jail time. He shouldn't be just let off or anything. It may have been an accident but he doesn't get away with it. I hate how every person though thinks he is like the only god dam one out there that speeds and thats not true. EVERYONE SPEEDS. hypocrites.
Sue April 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It is totally amazing that someone can kill 2 innocent people and injure another, yet they are walking lightly about identifying who did it. This juvenile should have some sort of ankle or wrist bracelet on that would not allow him to drive again or leave the area until this tragedy is figured out, where they charge him with his actions!
Hali April 12, 2012 at 05:24 AM
You are right, he is a moron. You will be singing a different song if a moron like him killed your father and your sibling. When someone is driving a car recklessly he/she knows and understands that it's dangerous to others around him and therefore has an indirect intent to harm people. You can testify in court that about him fhe sweetest boy, but don't post it here. It's an insult to the injury
Hali April 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I hope his license is suspended.
Jeff April 21, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Connie? Malfunction of the vehicle? Are you serious? Please promise me you will never reproduce. I often bike ride with my 5 year old in this same neighborhood. I try to stay on the canal trails for this exact reason. So unfair, and sad.
Hali April 21, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The latest on this thug. A week before the accident he was stopped with his vehicle for weapons and drugs.
Creek Diva April 22, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@thatgirl "Everyone speeds". Speak for yourself, I don't, ever.
Steve Bond April 22, 2012 at 06:05 AM
@ThatGirl, please explain his rap sheet for continuous traffic violations and his alcohol stop the week before the accident. Is that just part of being a teen nowadays also? No consequences for your actions of racking up speeding tix and alcohol stops? The judicial system is forced to take over where the parents refused to do it themselves and the cost is a totally destroyed family. Nice kid or not, wreckless irresponsibility that kills 2 members of family riding their bikes on a sidewalk does not deserve a simple slap on the wrist.
Jeff April 22, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Hali, I also heard on the news that The same Escalade, with same plate, was searched and found to have drugs and weapons inside of it one week earlier. A night when there was some party over on Arbolado. Good night for drug sales on that street if the kid in the Escalade was there. But no follow up on what drugs and what type of weapons. Also, no follow up on... was the driver arrested that night? If not, then the Walnut Creek Police need to start some explaining as to why was this puke not locked up in Martinez Juvenile hall the week before the murders?? If a unemployed 17 year old is found to have drugs and weapons in his Escalade, he goes to jail, right? It would be nice to have the Police add some facts here so we don't have to guess and spread wrong information. Why the silence? But then again, if our thoughts are correct, the Walnut Creek Police are facing some large lawsuits here for slapping the wrist of this young puke instead of locking him up the week before he murdered. You can't run red lights at 80 and kill people on sidewalks when your locked up in Juvenile Hall. Also, can someone please investigate the first friend the murderer called after the accident. Get the drug dogs to search that kid's house. Did they meet at the scene? This was the friend who was called and told by the 17 year old... I just crashed my car by your house, and I think I killed some people...(or something like that) If my thoughts are wrong, my post will be deleted fast.
Hali April 22, 2012 at 05:17 PM
If all this true this accident could have been prevented and the innocent lives could have been saved. I hope they doing all this investigation. Also I would like to know if they tested him for drugs after the accident. The puke (I like that!) could have been under the influence. If that's the case, he could face more serious charges. I really hope he doesn't get away with crime and gets locked up for a long time.
Shirley Happel April 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Steve & Jeff - - You are so right! This wreckless kid should have been pulled off the streets long before he killed anyone!
Johnny April 23, 2012 at 04:50 AM
The kid was the exact opposite of wreckless; his car was completely totaled. He was purportedly being reckless, however.
Jeff April 23, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Dear That Girl, What you need to do is schedule a meeting time with the wife and surviving daughter. Then explain to them your proud defense of this fine 17 year old. Look deep into the lost eyes of a woman who has lost her daughter and husband, and state to her what you posted..."This 17 year old didn't mean to harm anyone. He is the sweetest kid you could ever meet. Was always there for you and protected you from any harm" Then I would like you to tell the Mother how the people who are calling for answers as to why or how anyone on Earth could screw up so royally in such an extremely irresponsible way, that they all are "hypocrites" for wanting to know how this could have ever happened. I want to video tape this meeting. It sounds like this 17 year old treated you well, That is really sweet, but if he then killed your own mother and maybe your little brother in one fast second, would you be patting him on the back giving him 'attaboys'? I think not. I think you would be spending every moment in deep sadness wondering why, oh why has this happened to you. The loss of a child is the deepest saddest thing that any Mother can be faced with. There is nothing worse. That woman can only survive knowing that the memory of her husband and daughter still lives strong inside the surviving daughter. The Mother still has a reason to continue, your brotherly friend did not kill both of her daughters as he raced to his next drug deal.
Steve Bond April 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Here's a fine example to kids like this 17 year old that its cool to speed like a maniac and the cops will even escort you on your "Death Race". If BJ is a participant in this sick event with NJ police participation/protection then I hope the 9ers rethink his contract. After what happened here a couple weeks ago we dont need a-holes like this coming to our community and promoting this kind of reckless irresponsibility and complete disregard for people's safety. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-23/n-j-state-police-investigating-death-race-sports-car-caravan.html
Shirley Happel April 24, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Johnny," was reckless" or "was being reckless", what's the difference?
Hector May 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
What you just said is so true but then again funny^-^
robin ross May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I think driver of the 17-year-old should life because kill the father who is 41-year-old, and the 9-year-old daughter, and injury the another daughter who is 12-year-old, he is getting way with murder.


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