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DA reviewing Rocklin crash that killed high school senior; police recommend no charges for county official

ROCKLIN, Calif. — Rocklin Police said in a media release Wednesday that they wouldn’t be recommending charges against a still-unidentified driver in the crash that killed Inderkum High School basketball player Anthony Williams in March.

“Yesterday afternoon, the Rocklin Police Department completed the investigation after receiving the final report from the Placer County Sheriff / Coroner’s Office,” the statement reads. “After a thorough review of all of the evidence, and witness accounts in this case, it has been determined that the driver is not at fault and no criminal charges will be requested.”

On Friday, Placer County Executive Todd Leopold identified himself as the driver in a county-wide email.

“With profound sadness, I can now publicly acknowledge that I was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Anthony Williams on March 19, 2022,” Leopold said. “My words and emotions cannot profoundly express my grief and sadness. I am heartbroken for the loss of this young man and extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Williams’ family.”

Williams, 18, was struck and killed on Lonetree Boulevard outside of a restaurant around 8:30 PM on March 19th as he walked in the roadway. Police said at the time that the driver cooperated with authorities, and a representative from the District Attorney’s Office said they hadn’t received any reports from the Police Department. The office holds the final decision as to whether the driver will be charged.

Shortly after Leopold came out as the driver, Public Information Officer Stephanie Herrera confirmed that the DA’s Office had opened their review into the incident.

“Information about this incident was provided to the District Attorney’s Office and the office is now in receipt of the completed investigation, a press release emailed to The Update reads. “As with any case submitted to the District Attorney’s Office involving a fatality, the District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent review of the incident to determine any potential criminal liability.”

After the review is completed, the office will present its findings to Williams’ family and Leopold before announcing any determinations to the public.

Williams averaged 8.4 points and 7 rebounds across 12 games for Inderkum in 2022 after transferring from Whitney High School. He was described as “long, lean, and tireless” as a member of the Sacramento Bee’s Fab 50 in February of 2022.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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