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Father and daughter cyclists hit and killed by teenage driver

April 8, 2012 |  7:43 pm

A teenage driver struck a family riding bicycles on the sidewalk in the Northern California city of  Concord this weekend, killing a man and one of his daughters, police said.

Witnesses told police that the 17-year-old was driving a Cadillac Escalade erratically Saturday morning, passing cars and blazing through an intersection when he crashed into a car changing lanes in front of him.

“Then he careened into a family on bicycles on the sidewalk,” said Sgt. Matthew Morrissey of the Concord Police Department.

Authorities responded shortly after 9:30 a.m. to Treat Boulevard near Oak Grove Road, where they pronounced 41-year-old Concord resident Solaiman Nuri dead, according to a news release from the department.

Hadessa Nuri, 9, was taken to a hospital, where she died. Her older sister, who was also riding a bike, suffered minor injuries. All three were wearing helmets, police said.

The 17-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and then arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Morrissey said the driver could be charged as an adult if the district attorney determines there is sufficient evidence to do so.

Morrissey said police found the teenager’s cellphone in the vehicle and would also try and determine whether it was a factor in the crash. He said there was no evidence of alcohol.

“It was very horrific,” Morrissey said. “Don’t really know why he did what he did.”

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--Ari Bloomekatz

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