Placer County CEO says he was driver in deadly accident
ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) — The chief executive officer of Placer County acknowledged Friday that he was the driver who struck and killed an 18-year-old student after police determined he wasn’t at fault.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Todd Leopold said he was behind the wheel of the car that killed Anthony Williams on a street in Rocklin on March 19.
“My words and emotions cannot adequately express my profound grief and sadness,” Leopold wrote. “I am heartbroken for the loss of this young man and extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Williams’ family, friends, and all of those impacted by this tragic accident.”
Williams, a senior and basketball player at Inderkum High, was struck while walking in the roadway at night near a shopping area and died at a hospital, according to a Rocklin police report released on Wednesday.
The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said in a news release.
“It has been determined that the driver is not at fault and no criminal charges will be requested,” the release said.
Police had not identified the driver earlier despite some calls to do so by an activist group that was working with Williams’ family.
Leopold said he couldn’t comment while the police investigation was under way because he “certainly did not want to be perceived, in any way, as attempting to influence the outcome.”
Rocklin is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento.