10-year-old boy dies after being struck by sheriff vehicle
A 10-year-old boy died from serious injuries after a Pima County Sheriff's deputy accidentally hit the boy en route to a service call.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Emergency crews responded to an accident in which a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle Monday afternoon.
Officials with the Pima County Sheriff's Department tell KGUN9 that the accident happened near Wyoming and Campbell Avenue at around 4:45 p.m.
Sgt. Marie Hawke with the Tucson Police Department tells KGUN9 that the boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition following the accident.
Hawke now tells 9OYS that the boy has died as a result of his injuries.
During the investigation, officers discovered that a group of children had been running back and forth across South Campbell near the intersection with East Wyoming, Hawke said.
The child that was struck was part of the group of children, who witnesses reported seeing running across the street multiple times, according to Hawke.
The PCSD deputy was traveling northbound in a marked Pima County Sheriff’s Department Chevrolet Tahoe. As he neared the intersection with East Wyoming, the 10-year old boy suddenly ran out into the roadway, Hawke said.
The deputy swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the boy. He immediately stopped his vehicle and began to render first aid to the boy, according to Hawke.
There was no indication that speed was a factor in the collision.
Late Monday, the Pima County Sheriff's Department released the name of the deputy. He is Deputy Jesus Verduzco. He was en-route to a service call when he struck the boy. Verduzco has five years of experience with the department.
Hawke says the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Irvington remains closed, but it is expected to be open again soon.