A teen driver who was traveling at a high-rate speed when he careened into a family on a Concord sidewalk pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and was taken away to jail.
Contra Costa County Presiding Juvenile Judge Lois Haight accepted the 17-year-old’s plea and then ordered him immediately taken into custody.
“He is a danger to society and there is no way that society can be protected without detaining him,” she said.
The teen driver also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving. Two other misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
The 17-year-old struck and killed Solaiman Nuri and his 9-year-old daughter Hadesssa, and injured Nuri's 12-year-old daughter Hannah as the three rode their bicycles on Treat Boulevard on April 7.
During Wednesday’s plea hearing, it was disclosed that the teen was driving at 72 mph in a 45 mph zone when he lost control and crashed into the family.
Although the teen could face a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in prison, he can only be held until his 21st birthday, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral.
Rosen was charged as a juvenile because vehicular manslaughter is not categorized as a violent felony that would allow a teen to be charged in adult court in California, Cabral said.
He is set to be sentenced in juvenile court in Martinez on Oct. 22.
The teen’s attorneys, meanwhile, said the 17-year-old has been remorseful and has written letters of apology to the Nuri family.
With tears streaming down her face, Solaiman Nuri's wife, Stoorai, said all she wanted was justice for her family.
“I just want justice for me, my daughter and my family,” she said. “It’s very upsetting, very upsetting… I miss having my daughter with me. I miss her smile. I miss my husband. I know everyone out there who is a parent feels like me. They feel my pain. I don’t have to say words. They can just look at me and see the pain.”
“Put yourself in my shoes and tell me how you would feel,” she continued.
While prosecutors did charge the teen as an adult, the Nuri family said they were relieved by Wednesday’s court proceeding and would seek further action against the teen in civil court.
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