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Mom: Boy on minibike fatally hit by deputy wasn’t at fault

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old boy on a minibike who was fatally struck by a sheriff’s deputy in southern Michigan says her son wasn’t at fault.

Christina Valadez said Tuesday during a news conference with her lawyer that Norman Hood was “a good kid” who was just trying to cross a street.

The deputy was responding to a report of a possible burglary when he hit the boy about 9:30 p.m. May 28 in Battle Creek.

The sheriff’s office has said it appears the bike turned into the car’s path.

Valadez’s attorney, Don Sappanos, says there’s evidence the deputy was speeding.

Authorities haven’t disclosed how fast the car was going. The deputy hadn’t activated his vehicle’s overhead lights and siren. State police are investigating.

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6 comments

  • J.B.

    Good Grief..
    11 year old kid riding a non licensed micro scooter at 9:30 at night, no lights, on a road, in traffic, etc etc..
    It was an accident….The cop did not intentionally run the kid over.
    But as usual…
    Dint’do syndrome and the scent of money and a possible payout have absolved the so called parents of all responsibility.
    There is more than enough blame to go around in this story, $$$ or not.

  • Truth

    I would tend to agree with the mother, the child was not at fault.
    Had he a real mother, one who took responsibility, and looked after him, he would
    Not have been riding an unlicensed mini bike on the road, in the dark, with no lights.
    The fault here, lies directly with the mother, and her poor parenting.

    • Anon

      Fault doesn’t have to be with one person. Often times the worst tragedies are the result of multiple failures from multiple people.

      The boy shouldn’t have been on the road in an unlicensed and unlit motor vehicle – one that he wouldn’t have a license to operate on the road even if it was road legal.

      However unofficial leaks put the deputy as traveling in the 60’s which is almost double the posted speed limit. While police are allowed to speed without their lights and siren on they have to be able to justify WHY the circumstances required a ‘silent’ approach. He wasn’t close enough to the call where his lights could have alerted the burglary suspects to his presence so lights at a minimum should have been used. Depending on the distance he may have been far enough away from the call where a siren wouldn’t be able to be heard by the suspects in which case the siren should have been on.

    • Lisa

      You can’t even put your real name you coward. Don’t fall in while you’re trying to walk on water. You just might find yourself drowning in your own imperfections. 📿🌊 People that want to point out flaws in others while they try to keep skeletons in their closet. Or just pretend that theirs don’t exist. You are heartless.

  • Lisa Dillard

    Don’t fall in while you’re trying to walk on water. You just might find yourself drowning in your own imperfections. 📿🌊

  • Lisa

    Don’t fall in while you’re trying to walk on water. You just might find yourself drowning in your own imperfections. 📿🌊 People that want to point out flaws in others while they try to keep skeletons in their closet. Or just pretend that theirs don’t exist.

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