Teen Who Killed Father/Daughter Cyclists Gets Maximum Sentence

Solaiman Nuri and his 9-year-old daughter Hadessa were killed by the teen driver of an SUV, who will serve about three years of a seven year sentence for manslaughter.

A teenager who pleaded guilty to running into a father and daughter on their bicycles, killing them both, will serve about three years of a seven year sentence. 

In a hearing Monday, a judge handed down the maximum possible sentence of seven years and eight months for the teenager. However, since the teen was 17 at the time of the incident, he can only be held until his 21st birthday. He turned 18 this month.

The teenager initially pleaded not guilty in the case but changed his plea last month. He was convited of two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and unlawful acts, and driving causing injury. The April 7 crash killed Solaiman Nuri, 41, and his 9-year-old daughter Hadessa. Hannah Nuri, 12, survived the collision.

The circumstances of the incident were described in court Monday. Witnesses heard how the then-17-year-old driver sped through a yellow light on Treat Boulevard at Oak Grove Road, accelerating to 71 mph in the 45-mph zone as he dodged around two cars. He then lost control, hit the father and his two daughters and crashed through a fire hydrant, brick wall and pillars along the side of the road.

Solaiman Nuri died at the scene while Hadessa succumbed to her injuries a short time later at a hospital. According to the family's attorney, Michael
Cardoza, wife and mother Stoorai Nuri was hoping that the teenager would be charged as an adult so that the conviction would stay on his permanent record. However, Cardoza, the juvenile system is a rehabilitative process and "justice was served."

The teen will spend the next three years at a locked facility in the Youthful Offender Treatment Program. Patch has decided not to name the teenager due to his age. 

Brent Marin October 24, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Another example of a travesty of justice that has once again taken place within our Justice system here in California. If you can afford high priced legal representation, then you can get away with just about anything. And before you decide to attack me for my opinion, just remember that the idiot who was driving the SUV was going 70+mph on a city street! I feel so bad for the victims family and at the same time I am fearful for the rest of us. Because, in the near future, this "Kid" will be once again, behind the wheel of an automobile with a clean drivers record and no lasting ramifications as to his past aberrant behavior. I feel so bad for the victims family and the same time frightened for the rest of us
Sherrie Brown November 24, 2012 at 03:51 AM
ditto, get that punk off my roads!
Giorgio C. November 24, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Perhaps a driver's exam isn't enough. Teachers will tell you that our children should not be assessed on only high-stakes exams, but instead on an entire portfolio. How about applying the same to driving privileges? Are there other indicators of behavior that might tell us that a child is lacking the maturity to be driving a car? As a kid, on a couple of occasions, I was in the back seat of a car driven by someone who should not have had a license. As an adult, I was in an accident caused by someone who should not have had a license. I've seen both sides of the problem first hand. Only responsible teens should be granted this privilege.
Norma Kaye November 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
This killer on wheels should not be allowed to drive a car or own one until he teaches driver Ed for one year & be involved in 911 responses to car crashes. He is young enough to learn--prison won't teach him a thing.


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