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Jul 16, 2013 9:35 PM by Lupita Murillo

No charges against deputy who struck and killed 10-year-old

TUCSON - Charges won't be filed against a Pima County Sheriff's deputy after he hit and killed a 10-year-old boy with his work vehicle on Monday. It happened at Campbell and Wyoming on the city's southside. Investigators say it's standard procedure to check for possible impairment.

They did and found nothing in the deputy's system.

Tucson police say, Deputy Jesus Verduzco was heading to a call. Witnesses say, the boy darted in front of him. The deputy tried to avoid him by swerving but it was too late.

Witnesses told investigators the boy was with a group of children who'd been running back and forth across the street.

Marco Garcia says he's going to miss playing with his 10-year-old friend who died Monday. He says when he heard the news last night part of his heart broke.

Maribelle Hernandez was just leaving work when she saw the boy lying on the street. "As I was driving by I seen a man trying to help him give him like cpr and it was so awful it was awful," said Hernandez.

That man was Deputy Jesus Verduzco who struck the youngster. Joe Cameron is his union representative. He was with him last night. "He tried to avoid him, he tried his best to evade him, he struck the child and after he struck the child he got out and rendered aid."

There's been questions about the deputy's speed, Cameron says, "Jesus was in route to a routine call was not speeding, was not driving erratically, his attention was not diverted." Cameron says this is a tragic accident. "The department, the Union, and Jesus, we all feel really bad for the family. We also feel equally as bad for Jesus and his family."

Deputy Verduzco is a 5 year member of the Pima Co. Dept. Cameron says, he's also in the Army Reserves, and did a tour in Iraq. He's on administrative leave.


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