Todd Leopold comes forward as driver who killed Anthony Williams

A top official in Placer County has come forward 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 Executive Officer Todd Leopold said in a release on Friday that he, “was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident 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 teen’s family. The crash 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 said Williams was walking on the road when he was hit and killed that night. | VIDEO BELOW | Inderkum High School student, basketball player Anthony Williams killed in Rocklin crash”My words and emotions cannot adequately express my profound grief and sadness. 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,” Leopold said in a release. Rocklin police said on Thursday that it would not release the police report on the investigation to the public, citing a California law involving car crashes. It said the full investigation would be released “to any person who may have a proper interest therein, including, but not limited to, the driver or drivers involved, or the guardian or conservator thereof, the parent of a minor driver, the authorized representative of a driver, or to any named person injured therein, the owners of vehicles or property damaged thereby, persons who may incur civil liability, including liability based upon a breach of warranty arising out 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 has been working with Williams’ family has accused police of not being transparent during the investigation and questioned why Leopold had not been identified. Leopold explained in his statement why he didn’t initially come forward or respond to media requests about the incident.”Unfortunately, I could not comment on the pending investigation and certainly did not want to be p perceived, in any way, as attempting to influence the outcome of the Rocklin Police Department’s investigation,” he said. “At all times, I balance my respect for the investigative process while also providing transparency to you, our valued staff, as well as to our valued public.” But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, the Placer County DA said they would do an independent review of the deadly crash. The DA said the findings from their investigation would be made public once it was complete. “As in every case, we must balance the right to privacy of those involved with the public’s interest,” the DA’s release said. “…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 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 director of athletics and head varsity boys basketball coach. “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 crash This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

A top official in Placer County has come forward 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 Executive Officer Todd Leopold said in a release on Friday that he, “was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident 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 teen’s family.

The crash 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 said Williams was walking on the road when he was hit and killed that night.

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

“My words and emotions cannot adequately express my profound grief and sadness. 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,” Leopold said in a release.

Rocklin police said on Thursday that it would not release the police report on the investigation to the public, citing a California law involving car crashes. It said the full investigation would be released “to any person who may have a proper interest therein, including, but not limited to, the driver or drivers involved, or the guardian or conservator thereof, the parent of a minor driver, the authorized representative of a driver, or to any named person injured therein, the owners of vehicles or property damaged thereby, persons who may incur civil liability, including liability based upon a breach of warranty arising out 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 has been working with Williams’ family has accused police of not being transparent during the investigation and questioned why Leopold had not been identified.

Leopold explained in his statement why he didn’t initially come forward or respond to media requests about the incident.

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

But after Leopold released his statement on Friday, the Placer County DA said they would do an independent review of the deadly crash. The DA said the findings from their investigation would be made public once it was complete.

“As in every case, we must balance the right to privacy of those involved with the public’s interest,” the DA’s release said. “…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 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 director of athletics and head varsity boys basketball coach. “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 crash

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

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