MARTINEZ -- Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old Clayton woman with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 21-year-old Concord man last year.

Amanda Benning ran a red light in her SUV before she hit Scott Hickerson as Hickerson rode his skateboard in a crosswalk at the intersection of Monument Boulevard and Erickson Road in Concord on Dec. 7, according to Contra Costa senior deputy district attorney Bruce Flynn.

The charges filed Wednesday also allege Benning failed to yield to a pedestrian who was lawfully in a crosswalk. Her arraignment date had not been entered into court records Monday.

"She was very cooperative with investigators and very distraught over what happened," Flynn said. "This is a horrible, tragic event."

Benning's father told this newspaper in December that his daughter his did not see Hickerson because a car to her right blocked her view, and she was blinded by the reflection of the evening sun in her rear and side car mirrors.

Benning was driving a Chevy Tahoe east on Monument in the center lane when she ran the red light and hit Hickerson about 4:30 p.m. Both drivers in the lanes next to hers had stopped for the light.

Hickerson was seen waiting for his green light before entering the crosswalk. His skateboard played no factor in the accident other than it moved Hickerson faster into the collision zone, Flynn said. The Diablo Valley College student died of his injuries at a hospital later that night.


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Eric Samuels, a longtime family friend and family attorney, said the Hickerson family was saddened to read in a police report that Benning was in a hurry before the crash. The family has asked for privacy.

"There needs to be a penalty paid by her," Samuels said. "They are continuing to grieve for their son. They're emotionally distraught over the loss of a loved one through no fault of his."

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.