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A senior Placer County official has come forward as the driver involved in the accident that killed a basketball player at Inderkum High School in March. Now the Placer County District Attorney’s Office is investigating. “He was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Anthony Williams on March 19, 2022,” Placer County Executive Todd Leopold said in a statement released Friday. The announcement comes after the Rocklin Police Department said. The driver was not at fault, and there will be no criminal charges against the driver. Police have not identified the driver who hit Williams despite calls from community members, including an activist group working with the teen’s family. The accident occurred on March 19 at Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive. Natomas Unified School District identified Williams as a student and basketball player for the school. Police said Williams was walking on the road when he was injured and killed that night. | Video below | Inderkum High School student, basketball player, Anthony Williams, was killed in a Rocklin accident “My words and feelings cannot adequately express my deep sadness and grief. I am saddened by the loss of this young man and offer my deepest condolences to Mr. Williams’ family and friends,” Rocklin Police said Thursday that it will not be published. Police report the investigation to the public, citing California motor vehicle accident law. It said the full investigation will be disclosed “to anyone who may have an appropriate interest in it, including, but not limited to, the driver or drivers involved, or his or her guardian or trustee.” , the parent of a minor driver, the driver’s authorized representative, or any named person injured in it, owners of vehicles or property damaged by reason of it, persons who may have 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 represents any of the above persons.” An advocacy group that worked with the Williams family accused the police of not being transparent during the investigation and questioned why Leopold was not identified. In his statement, Leopold explained why he was not transparent. M initially presents or responds to media requests regarding the incident.” Unfortunately, I was unable to comment on the pending investigation and certainly did not want to be perceived, in any way, as an attempt to influence the outcome of the RPD investigation.” “At all times, I balance my respect for the investigation process with providing transparency to you and our valued staff as well as to our audience.” But after Leopold released his statement Friday, Placer County Administrator said they would do an independent review of the fatal incident. The DA said the results of their investigation would be made public once it was completed. “As in every case, we must balance the right to privacy,” the DA statement read. “…we understand and appreciate the public’s interest in this incident and will work diligently to make our findings available in a timely manner.” Police said at the time of the incident that Leopold was cooperating with the investigation. “We understand and appreciate the public’s interest in this incident,” said Nick French, Whitney High School athletics director and soccer coach. Basketball for the boys, “He was 6’8” and was athletic, could run, shoot and tackle the ball. “As a basketball player, the sky was the limit for him — so much potential.” | MORE | Coaches, Teachers Remember That Player High school basketball was killed l in the Rocklin accident. This is an evolving story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

A senior Placer County official has come forward as the driver involved in the accident that killed a basketball player at Inderkum High School in March. Now the Placer County District Attorney’s Office is investigating.

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

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

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

| Video below | Inderkum High School student, basketball player Anthony Williams was killed in a Rocklin crash

“My words and feelings cannot adequately express my deep sorrow and grief. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this young man and offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Williams’ family and friends and all affected by this tragic incident,” Leopold said in a statement.

On Thursday, the Rocklin police said they would not release the police report on the investigation to the public, citing California’s law on motor vehicle accidents. It said the full investigation would be disclosed “to anyone who may have an appropriate interest in it, including, but not limited to, the driver or drivers involved, his or her guardian or trustee, the parent of an underage driver, the driver’s authorized representative, or any named person injured therein, owners of vehicles or property damaged by reason of it, persons who may incur 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 represents any of the above persons.”

An advocacy group working with the Williams family accused police of not being transparent during the investigation and questioned why Leopold was not identified.

In his statement, Leopold explained why he had not come forward or responded to media requests about the incident.

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

But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, Placer County police said they would conduct an independent review of the fatal crash. The DA said the results of their investigation will be announced once it is complete.

“As in every case, we must balance the right to privacy of those involved with the public interest,” the DA statement read. “…We understand and appreciate the public’s interest in this incident and will work diligently to make our findings available in a timely manner.”

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

Williams was one of Inderkum’s seniors and is remembered as a great athlete.

“He was 6’8,” said Nick French, director of athletics at Whitney High School and coach for boys’ basketball. It was the limit for him – a lot of potential.”

| more | Coaches and teachers remember the death of a high school basketball player in the Rocklin accident

This is an evolving story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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