CONCORD -- The gathering of flowers, cards and other mementos off Treat Boulevard grows by the hour as police continue investigating a crash that killed a father and his young daughter out on a weekend bicycle ride.
Solaiman Nuri, 41, and his 9-year-old daughter, Hadessa, died when they were struck Saturday morning by a teen driver in an SUV, wiping out half their family in an instant. Hadessa's 12-year-old sister survived with minor injuries, and now she and her mother are left to pick up the pieces of a tragedy that has rocked the Concord community.
Police are steadily working the case against the driver, 17-year-old Concord resident David Aman Rosen. Lt. Bill Roche said investigators are awaiting toxicology
Roche said he expects a case to be presented to the District Attorney's Office within two weeks. That's fine with prosecutors, who say they want a robust filing before deciding how to charge the teen.
The "how" is important because it has not been determined whether the Olympic High School student will be tried as a juvenile or an adult, or charged with a crime at all. The existing count behind his detention in Juvenile Hall is vehicular manslaughter, which by itself wouldn't make him eligible for prosecution as an adult without first being subject to a fitness
DMV records show that Rosen got his driver's license in October and has had a clean driving record since. However, that may not reflect any local citations still pending in the county courts; any record of those would not be public because he is a minor.
A man who answered the door at Rosen's home declined to comment on the collision. A neighbor who lives across the street and has known the teen since his youth said his white Cadillac Escalade was a regular sight in his parents' driveway since he got it around the same time he earned his driving privileges.
"He was a good kid. We never had any problems with him," said Sara Wetzstein.
Other neighbors clearly remember the teen zooming around in his souped-up ride. Witnesses said the Escalade was traveling faster than the posted 45-mph speed limit on westbound Treat Boulevard before it went out of control past Oak Grove Road, skipping the curb, shearing off a fire hydrant and crashing into the family, then plowing into a medical services building.
Several of the building's brick columns were reduced to rubble, and the brick facade was broken and cracked, revealing splintered wood beneath. Building inspectors shored up the weak points and stabilized the office that took the brunt of the crash, though it's unclear when it will be inhabitable again.
Meanwhile, Nuri family members continue to mourn their loss. Solaiman Nuri, who immigrated from Afghanistan and drove trucks at the Port of Oakland, was a devoted father. Wetzstein, a yard duty at Woodside Elementary School where Hadessa and her sister attended, remembers Hadessa as a quiet, nice girl who played well with others on the playground.
Woodside was closed Monday and through the rest of the week for spring break.
Staff writer Malaika Fraley contributed to this report. Contact Robert Salonga at 925-943-8013. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.