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Livermore: Triple-fatal crash investigation complete; case now under review by DA

Prosecutors to decide if criminal charges warranted in December wreck that killed 3 teens

The Livermore Police Department has completed its investigation into the crash that killed three local teenagers in December, forwarding the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for a final determination about potential criminal charges.

Police Sgt. Steve Goard declined Tuesday to reveal details about the specific findings of the investigation, citing the pending legal review by prosecutors.

Anna Kelly, public information officer for the DA's office, confirmed on Monday that the Livermore PD investigation report "was received by our office last week and is pending review. I am not able to offer a timeline for a decision."

Based on initial public reports by police, the investigation appeared as if it would hinge on the question of who was at fault for the nighttime crash that occurred when the teenagers' vehicle slammed into a big-rig whose trailer was blocking the roadway on Las Positas Road on Dec. 21.

The triple-fatal crash rocked the Livermore community, which was left mourning the deaths of three young people during the winter holidays.

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Rahul Brar, 18; Shej Kumar, 16; and Ian Ericksen, 16 -- all Livermore residents -- were killed in the crash. Ericksen was a junior at Livermore High School, Kumar attended Del Valle Continuation High School, and Brar was an alumnus of Vineyard Alternative High School.

Brar's family said on social media that the 18-year-old was driving his cousin Kumar and friend Ericksen home after picking up the pair after their shift ended at a local Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that night.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21 when a semi-truck driver turned into a business driveway in the 5600 block of Las Positas Road but left the trailer stopped blocking the roadway, police said at the time. The eastbound passenger vehicle carrying the three teens then struck the big-rig. Two of the victims died at the scene while the third occupant succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Speed and impairment were not initially considered to be factors, Goard said in December.

The name of the truck driver has not yet been released publicly -- which is not uncommon in traffic investigations unless and until criminal charges are filed.

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Livermore: Triple-fatal crash investigation complete; case now under review by DA

Prosecutors to decide if criminal charges warranted in December wreck that killed 3 teens

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 2, 2021, 1:26 pm

The Livermore Police Department has completed its investigation into the crash that killed three local teenagers in December, forwarding the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for a final determination about potential criminal charges.

Police Sgt. Steve Goard declined Tuesday to reveal details about the specific findings of the investigation, citing the pending legal review by prosecutors.

Anna Kelly, public information officer for the DA's office, confirmed on Monday that the Livermore PD investigation report "was received by our office last week and is pending review. I am not able to offer a timeline for a decision."

Based on initial public reports by police, the investigation appeared as if it would hinge on the question of who was at fault for the nighttime crash that occurred when the teenagers' vehicle slammed into a big-rig whose trailer was blocking the roadway on Las Positas Road on Dec. 21.

The triple-fatal crash rocked the Livermore community, which was left mourning the deaths of three young people during the winter holidays.

Rahul Brar, 18; Shej Kumar, 16; and Ian Ericksen, 16 -- all Livermore residents -- were killed in the crash. Ericksen was a junior at Livermore High School, Kumar attended Del Valle Continuation High School, and Brar was an alumnus of Vineyard Alternative High School.

Brar's family said on social media that the 18-year-old was driving his cousin Kumar and friend Ericksen home after picking up the pair after their shift ended at a local Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that night.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21 when a semi-truck driver turned into a business driveway in the 5600 block of Las Positas Road but left the trailer stopped blocking the roadway, police said at the time. The eastbound passenger vehicle carrying the three teens then struck the big-rig. Two of the victims died at the scene while the third occupant succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Speed and impairment were not initially considered to be factors, Goard said in December.

The name of the truck driver has not yet been released publicly -- which is not uncommon in traffic investigations unless and until criminal charges are filed.

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