Headline story in the Sacramento BEE this morning is a report quoting a Facebook release by an advocacy group publishing the name of the Placer County CEO Todd Leopold as the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a Late March incident that killed an 18-year-old high school student, and popular basketball star player, Anthony Williams, at a Rocklin shopping center.
On March 19, in the middle evening hours, the Rocklin Police Department reported: that Anthony Williams, an 18-year-old senior and basketball player at Inderkum High School, an American public high school located in Natomas, Sacramento, California, serving grades 9–12 in the Natomas Unified School District, was struck by a vehicle about 8:30 p.m. March 19 on Lone tree Boulevard near the Blue Oaks Town Center shopping area in Rocklin. Initial reports by Rocklin police said the investigation was receiving complete cooperation by the driver involved but did not name the driver, and did not state if alcohol or drugs were involved, which in the recent months has become a standard tag on all activity involving accidents on the highways in California and releases by authorities to the Press.
The BEE further releases that: “A community advocacy group calling itself “Justice for Anthony” announced on Thursday in a news release that they’ve been trying to get more information about the incident that led to Williams’ death, but they have not received any answers from authorities. In the news release, the group said in a Facebook post, a waitress, who was among those who went to Williams’ aid immediately after the collision, identified the county executive as the driver. Attempts by the BEE reporters to get information from the Rocklin Police Department has been told the investigation is still ongoing, and no release of information is available.
Rocklin police officials did however say that when the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Placer County District Attorneys office to determine if criminal charges will be filed in connection with the fatal collision. In the meantime, the name of the driver is still being withheld from the public. The BEE report says that there are several people who were at the scene of the incident who have identified the Placer County CEO Todd Leopold as the driver. District officials with Natomas Unified and Rocklin Unified school districts have said Williams was a member of the Inderkum boys’ basketball team and Rocklin Unified student from elementary school through his junior year of high school. Williams attended Whitney High School in Rocklin for three years, where he also played basketball.