DPD Car Hits, Kills Pedestrian

Woman attempted to cross between ambulance, patrol car

By Greg Janda and Julie Tam
|  Sunday, Jan 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:14 PM CDT
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A pedestrian has died after being hit by a Dallas Police Department car responding to a disturbance call.
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A pedestrian has died after being hit by a Dallas Police Department car responding to a disturbance call.

Beverly Kirk, 43, attempted to cross the street in between an ambulance that was headed to the scene of the call and the DPD patrol car that was also going to that location.

According to Dallas Police, the ambulance was using emergency lights and sirens, but the patrol car, which was following behind the ambulance at some distance, was not.

Police say lights and sirens for the patrol car are not required to be activated for the particular call assignment.

Dallas Police is opening an investigation into the incident.

The family wants to know how fast the police officer was going. Also, police say Beverly Kirk's daughter was at the accident scene, but the rest of the family says they never heard from her.
 

"We had our ups and downs but we loved each other." said Mary Hamilton, Kirk's mother. "We did. I'm just lost. That's my baby. And something's just missing 'cause that's all I had was my five kids that carried me through all these years to today."

"She was a very sweet person," said Reginald Kirk, the victim's older brother. "She had her own little ups and downs in life. That's just life. Ain't nothing I can do but rely on god to give our family strength."

Kirk had a criminal record and was homeless, but her family says she helped anyone who needed it and loved her children.
 

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