Todd Leopold presents himself as the driver who killed Anthony Williams

A senior Placer County official has identified himself as the driver involved in the crash that killed an Inderkum High School basketball player in March. Now, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office is investigating. Placer County Chief Executive Todd Leopold said in a statement Friday that he “was the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash that resulted in the death of Anthony Williams on March 19, 2022.” The announcement comes after the Rocklin Police Department said the driver was not at fault and there would be no criminal charges against the driver. Police had not identified the driver who struck Williams despite calls from members of the community, including an activist group working with the teenager’s family. The accident happened on March 19 on Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. The Natomas Unified School District identified Williams as a student and basketball player at the school. Police say Williams was walking down the road when he was struck and killed that night. | VIDEO BELOW | Inderkum High School student Anthony Williams was killed in the Rocklin crash. , and all those affected by this tragic accident,” Leopold said in a statement. Rocklin police said Thursday they would not release the police report into the investigation, citing a California accident law. He said the full investigation would be shared “with anyone who may have a legitimate interest, including, but not limited to, the driver(s) involved, or their guardian or guardian, the parent of a underage driver, the authorized representative of a driver, or to any person named injured therein, the owners of the vehicles or property so damaged, the persons who may engage their 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 persons. did not initially come forward or respond to media inquiries regarding the incident. “Unfortunately, I could not comment on the ongoing investigation and I certainly did not want to be perceived in any way as trying to influence the outcome of the Rocklin Police Department’s investigation,” he said. he declared. “At all times, I balance my respect for the investigative process while providing transparency to you, our valued staff, as well as our valued audience.” But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, the Placer County prosecutor said he would do an independent review of the fatal crash. The DA said the findings of their investigation would be made public once it was completed. “As in all cases, we must balance the privacy rights of those involved with the public interest,” the DA statement 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 at the time of the crash said Leopold was cooperating with the investigation. Williams was a senior at Inderkum and is remembered as a great athlete. “He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School athletic director and head coach of the basketball team. college boys. ‘As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him – so much potential.’ | MORE | Coaches, teachers remember high school basketball player killed in Rocklin C crash is a developing story, stick with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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

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

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

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

| VIDEO BELOW | Inderkum High School student Anthony Williams killed in Rocklin crash

“My words and emotions are not enough to express my deep sorrow and sadness. I am heartbroken at the loss of this young man and send my sincere condolences to family, friends and all who have been affected by this tragic accident of Mr. Williams,” Leopold said in a statement.

Rocklin police said Thursday they would not release the police report on the investigation, citing a California law regarding motor vehicle accidents. He said the full investigation would be shared “with anyone who may have a legitimate interest, including, but not limited to, the driver(s) involved, or their guardian or guardian, the parent of an underage driver , the authorized representative of a driver, or to any person named injured therein, the owners of vehicles or property so damaged, persons who may incur civil liability, including liability based on breach of warranty arising of the accident, and any attorney who declares under penalty of perjury that he or she represents any of the above persons.”

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

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

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

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

“As in all cases, we must balance the privacy rights of those involved with the public interest,” the DA statement 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 at the time of the crash said Leopold was cooperating with the investigation.

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

“He was 6’8″, athletic, he could run, he could shoot, he could handle the ball,” said Nick French, Whitney High School’s athletic director and head college boys’ basketball coach.” As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him – so much potential.”

| MORE | Coaches and teachers remember high school basketball player killed in Rocklin crash

This is a developing story, stick with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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