Teens Praying at Fatal Crash Site

Fellow students are taking the risks behind the wheel seriously.

By Jodi Hernandez
|  Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 3:21 PM PDT
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Father, Daughter Killed By Teen Driver Mourned in Concord

Jodi Hernandez

Some teenaged students knew both the victim and the boy charged in the accident.

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Father, Daughter Killed By Teen Driver Mourned in Concord

A 17-year-old Concord boy has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the weekend deaths of a 41-year-old Concord man and his 9-year-old daughter. The boy allegedly struck three bicyclists, including 41-year-old Solaiman Nuri and 9-year-old Hadessa Nuri as they pedaled east on Treat Boulevard near Oak Grove Road.
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Teenagers are coming to the site to pray where a father and daughter were fatally run down by an SUV on Saturday.

A 17-year-old Concord boy has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the weekend deaths of a 41-year-old Concord man and his 9-year-old daughter.

One 16-year-old knew Sam Nuri as well as the teen driver who has been charged on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths.

Klebber Machado said it's really driven home the importance of driving responsibly, including following the speed limit and avoiding texting and talking on the cell phone.

"You know not to do it but when you see something like this it makes you know if you do this, if you text you're risking a lot of things. A lot of things can happen. You can take someone's life, you can hurt someone badly," Machado said.

17-year-old Bryan Rios said he's paying more attention when he gets behind the wheel.

"I definitely have been more cautious. I've been paying more attention to stoplights, signs and other drivers," he said.

Meahwhile police are still investigating the circumstances. Capt David Downing said they have gathered quite a bit of evidence to review.

They are also waiting on toxicology reports and cell phone records. He says cell records could contain a lot of clues.

"It can give us an indication if possibly he was either texting ot talking which may have helped contribute to the accident but at this point we don't have these records so we don't know," said Downing.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral says prosecutors have until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to file charges.

He said because there's so much left to do in the investigation they lilkely won't be ready to file by the deadline. This means the teenager would be released to his parents until the investigation is complete and proscetors have the information they need to determine what charges to file.

They must determine if gross negligence was involved. Speed, driving under the influence and using a cell phone can all be determining factors.

"We never want to rush to judgement," said Cabral.

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