Todd Leopold emerges as driver who killed Anthony Williams

A top Placer County official has emerged as the driver involved in the March crash that killed an Inderkum High School basketball player. Now the Placer County District Attorney’s Office is investigating. Placer County Executive Officer Todd Leopold said in a release on Friday that he was “the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Anthony Williams on March 19, 2022”. the driver was not at fault, and there would be no criminal charges against the driver. Police had not identified the driver who hit Williams despite calls from community members, including an activist group working with the teen’s family. The accident happened on March 19 at Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. The Natomas Unified School District identified Williams as a student and basketball player at the school. Police said Williams was walking on the road when he was hit and killed that night. † VIDEO BELOW | Inderkum High School student, basketball player Anthony Williams killed in Rocklin crash “My words and emotions cannot adequately express my deep sorrow and sadness. I am heartbroken for the loss of this young man and extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Williams, and all those affected by this tragic accident,” Leopold said in a press release. Rocklin Police Department said on Thursday it would not make the police report on the investigation public, citing a California law regarding car accidents. It said the full investigation would be released “to any person with a reasonable interest in doing so, including, but not limited to, the concerned driver or directors, or the guardian or curator thereof, the parent of a minor driver, the authorized representative of a driver, or a named person who was injured as a result, the owners of vehicles or property damaged thereby, persons who may incur civil liability, including liability based on a breach of warranty arising out of the accident, and any attorney who declares under penalty of perjury that he or she is one of the above persons represents.” initially did not come forward or respond to media requests about the incident. was in any way construed as an attempt to influence the outcome of the Rocklin Police Department’s investigation,” he said. “I balance my respect for the research process at all times while offering transparency to you, our valued staff and our valued audience.” But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, the Placer County DA said they would conduct an independent assessment of the deadly crash. The DA said the findings of their investigation would be made public once it was completed. “As in any case, we must balance the right to privacy of the data subjects against the public interest,” the DA said. “…We understand and appreciate the public interest in this incident and will work diligently to make our findings available in a timely manner.” Police said at the time of the crash that Leopold was cooperating with the investigation. Williams was a senior at Inderkum and is remembered as a great athlete. “He was six feet, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School athletics director and basketball coach to head varsity boys. “As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him — so much potential.” † MORE | Coaches, teachers remember high school basketball player who died in Rocklin crash This is a story in development, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest news.

A top Placer County official has emerged as the driver involved in the March crash that killed an Inderkum High School basketball player. Now the Placer County District Attorney’s Office is investigating.

Placer County Executive Officer Todd Leopold said in a release on Friday that he was “the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Anthony Williams on March 19, 2022.”

The announcement comes after Rocklin police said the driver was not at fault and there would be no criminal charges against the driver. Police had not identified the driver who hit Williams despite calls from community members, including an activist group working with the teen’s family.

The accident happened on March 19 at Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. The Natomas Unified School District identified Williams as a student and basketball player at the school. Police said Williams was walking on the road when he was hit and killed that night.

† VIDEO BELOW | Inderkum High School student, basketball player Anthony Williams killed in Rocklin crash

“My words and emotions cannot adequately express my deep sorrow and sadness. I am deeply saddened for the loss of this young man and extend my sincere condolences to the family, friends and all of Mr. Williams, and everyone affected by this tragic accident,” said Leopold. said in a release.

The Rocklin Police Department said Thursday it would not make the police report on the investigation public, citing a California law regarding auto accidents. It said the full investigation would be released “to any person with a reasonable interest in doing so, including, but not limited to, the concerned driver or directors, or the guardian or curator thereof, the parent of a minor driver, the authorized representative representative of a driver, or named person who is injured as a result, owners of vehicles or property damaged thereby, persons liable to civil liability, including liability based on a breach of warranty arising from the accident , and any attorney who declares under penalty of perjury that he or she represents any of the above.”

An advocacy group that has worked with Williams’ family has accused police of not being transparent during the investigation and questioned why Leopold had not been identified.

Leopold explained in his statement why he initially did not come forward or respond to media requests about the incident.

“Unfortunately, I was unable to comment on the ongoing investigation and I certainly did not want to be seen in any way as attempting to influence the outcome of the Rocklin Police Department’s investigation,” he said. “I balance my respect for the research process at all times while providing transparency to you, our valued staff and our valued audience.”

But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, the Placer County DA said they would conduct an independent assessment of the deadly crash. The DA said the findings of their investigation would be made public once it was completed.

“As in any case, we must balance the right to privacy of the data subjects against the public interest,” the DA said. “…We understand and appreciate the public interest in this incident and will work diligently to make our findings available in a timely manner.”

Police said at the time of the crash that Leopold was cooperating with the investigation.

Williams was a senior at Inderkum and is remembered as a great athlete.

“He was six feet, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School athletics director and head basketball coach for boys of the varsity. “As a basketball player, the sky was the limit. for him – so much potential.”

† MORE | Coaches, teachers remember high school basketball player who died in accident with Rocklin

This is a story in development, stay tuned to KCRA 3 for the latest news.

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