Boy Dies After Being Struck By Police Car

Officers Say 10-Year-Old Was Riding Bicycle

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    A police officer responding to a disturbance call struck and killed a 10-year-old Dallas boy riding a bicycle. The boy was riding on the shoulder of the road Friday night and turned into a street in front of the patrol car.

    Dallas police said an officer struck and killed a 10-year-old boy on a bicycle Friday night.

    Officers said a police cruiser crashed into Cole Berardi, 10, of Dallas, in the 2600 block of South Belt Line Road at about 7:40 p.m.

    Police said the boy was trying to cross the road, and Senior Cpl. Michael Vaughn didn't see him. Police said Cole was riding on the shoulder of the road and attempted to cross the four-lane road as Vaughn was rounding a short curve in the road. 

    Vaughn was not using his lights or siren, said Lt. Vernon Hale, a Dallas police spokesman.

    "It was just a dark road, not well lit," Hale said. "This sounds like a combination of factors" that caused the accident.

    The officer was responding to a disturbance call at the time of the collision, police said.

    Hale said another patrol car was following behind the one that struck the boy. The officers attempted to revive the boy but were unsuccessful. He described the officers as "distraught."

    Cole was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    The case is under investigation.