Parents of Boy sue Dallas Utility over Death

October 13, 2010

A utility has been sued over the 2008 death of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a speeding Dallas police car in a videotaped accident.

WFAA-TV reports the lawsuit, filed Monday by the parents of Cole Berardi, alleges the absence of street lights contributed to the death.

Oncor (ON’-kor) spokewoman Medan Wright says the company does not feel that the street lights caused or contributed to the accident. She declined further comment.

Sr. Cpl. Michael Vaughn was suspended for a day for violating department policy. Authorities say Vaughn was speeding without starting his lights and sirens while headed for a call on Oct. 17, 2008. Investigators say the boy was riding his bicycle on a poorly lit road when he was struck.

A patrol car dashboard camera captured the incident.

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