Investigation continues into deadly traffic crash - Tucson News Now

Investigation continues into deadly traffic crash

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For the first time, we are hearing from the parents of the boy killed after he was hit by a cruiser driven by a Pima County sheriff's deputy.

10-year-old Xavier Sanchez died Monday.

Tucson police say the boy ran across Campbell, south of Irvington.

On Wednesday TPD still was investigating exactly what happened.

A TPD spokesman says the preliminary finding is that Deputy Jesus Verduzco did not violate any traffic laws.

He says, however, that investigators still have to do the accident reconstruction and lab reports.

He says Verduzco swerved to try to avoid hitting the child.

Investigators say the five-year veteran of the force was not speeding and was not impaired.

Tucson police released records Wednesday showing Verduzco had no major infractions during his time with the sheriff's department.

Meanwhile, the child's family is holding fundraisers to raise money for burial expenses.

We caught up with Xavier's mother and father at one of events.

Xavier lived with his father and two siblings.

His family says the fifth-grader was happy and intelligent and loving.

His mother says he could be a handful because he loved adventure.

"He had this heart of gold. He couldn't see someone hurt because he would be there. He was a good friend. An awesome son," says Xavier's mom, Ivette Sanchez.

She says she is trying to stay strong for her other children.

She says she does not hold the deputy responsible.

"I hope he learns how to forgive himself. I heard somewhere that he was feeling really bad about it. It was an accident. I see it as an accident. He's not to blame. My son's not to blame," Ivette Sanchez says.

She says, though, she would like to speak with Deputy Verduzco some day.

It's because she did not make it to the hospital in time.

"I don't know what happened. I don't know if he (Xavier) was unconscious. If he wasn't, what happened at that moment. I don't know if he said anything at that moment, he said something, whispered something. And if he did, what it was and maybe he's (Verduzco is) the one that knows," Ivette Sanchez says.

Through tears, Xavier's father, Jimmy Sanchez says about his son, "He was always there looking for me. It was so close.  Touched me. I could not make one move without him being there. I miss my son so much."

The family says they have not yet begun to make funeral arrangements.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

Powered by Frankly