Teen Driver in Concord Fatal Bicycle Accident Pleads Guilty in Court

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:28:02 -0800

MARTINEZ (KRON)--The teen driver who fatally struck a father and daughter on bicycles in Concord is in custody and will be tried in juvenile court, KRON 4's Will Tran reports from the Martinez Courthouse.
 
David Rosen, 17, the teenaged driver accused of causing the accident will face two charges of vehicular manslaughter and a reckless driving charge.

The accident occurred on April 7 on Treat Boulevard and Oak Grove Road where the father, 41-year-old Soaiman Nuri and his nine-year-old daughter, Hadessa were struck and later died from their injuries.  A 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, was also hit in the accident and survived with minor injuries.

Police said Rosen made an unsafe lane change and was speeding when the accident occurred.

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.
 
 "For those of you who have children, imagine the loss of your daughter, imagine the loss of your spouse.  To say it's devastating is an understatement.  I understand that the minor is now apologizing. I can't help but wonder, is this so the judge will give you a better deal?" said Michael Cardoza, the family's attorney in response to Tran's question about reports that Rosen wanted to issue an apology.
     
Rosen is set to be sentenced in juvenile court in Martinez on Oct.22.

The Nuri family was too emotionally upset to offer a comment, Tran said.
 
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