CONCORD -- Police on Tuesday released the name of a 21-year-old Clayton woman involved in a fatal collision with a skateboarder last Friday, and her father quickly came to her defense, saying it was an accident that has devastated the young woman.
The woman, Amanda Benning, 21, has not been arrested or charged in connection with the collision that killed Scott Hickerson, 21, of Concord. She declined comment Tuesday.
At 4:30 p.m. last Friday, Hickerson was on his skateboard in a crosswalk traveling northbound on Erickson Road when he was hit by an SUV traveling eastbound on Monument Boulevard.
Benning stopped her Chevy Tahoe at the collision site and has been very cooperative, Concord police traffic division Sgt. John Nunes said.
The woman's father, Henry Benning, said the collision was an accident.
He said his daughter did not see Hickerson because a car to her right blocked her view, and she was blinded by the reflection of the evening sun in her rear and side car mirrors.
The father said his daughter did not have her cell phone at the time of the collision. Police have not commented on that.
He said he does not believe his daughter will ever get over the fatality.
"We're grieving for our daughter but we are also grieving for the person that died. As much tragedy as we're feeling, somebody is feeling a whole lot worse. My heart goes out to them. If I could reach out to them, believe me I would,'' he
Police said Hickerson was alive after the impact and was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died Friday night.
Police are not required to release the name of the driver in a fatal collision if he or she has not been arrested or charged. Nunes said there was "nothing compelling to hold (the name) back" and that it would soon be public record when the police reports are complete.
Nunes said the cause of the collision is still under investigation, pending witness interviews and toxicology results, which will show if Benning was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision. The color of the traffic light at the time of the collision also remains under investigation, police said.
Hickerson, a 2009 graduate of Ygnacio Valley High School, was taking classes at Diablo Valley College and was remembered as a gregarious and polite person who loved animals.
A candlelight memorial vigil for Hickerson is at 7 p.m. Friday at the collision site at the intersection of Monument Boulevard and Erickson Road in Concord.
Anyone with information about the collision should call Concord Police Traffic Officer Kevin Mansourian at 925-671-3220.