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Jul 16, 2013 12:41 AM by Kassandra Lau

Deputy's SUV strikes, kills Tucson boy

TUCSON - A 10-year-old boy hit by a Pima County Sheriff's deputy vehicle died from his injuries Monday night, according to Tucson Police Department.

At about 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Deputy Jesus Verduzco hit the boy while traveling north on South Campbell near East Wyoming Street, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The boy was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and later died, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department.

Witnesses told police the boy was with a group of children running back and forth across South Campbell when he was hit trying to catch up with his friends on the other side of the road, according to Hawke. Witnesses reported seeing Verduzco swerve to try and avoid the boy. After hitting the boy, witnesses saw Verduzco get out of his vehicle and perform first aid on the boy, according to Hawke. The deputy notified authorities about the crash on his radio.

Deputy Verduzco is now on administrative leave, which is the standard procedure following a major incident, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The department will conduct its own administrative investigation while Tucson police continue their formal traffic investigation.

Verduzco has worked for the department for five years.

The boy's name has not been released. According to Hawke, his relatives have been notified.

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