Benefit to help pay burial for Tucson boy hit by Pima County deputy

2013-07-19T00:00:00Z 2014-08-05T10:20:31Z Benefit to help pay burial for Tucson boy hit by Pima County deputyCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A fundraiser is set Sunday to help with the funeral expenses for a 10-year-old boy who was struck and killed Monday by a sheriff's deputy driving an SUV.

Xavier Arturo Sanchez died at University of Arizona Medical Center after he darted into traffic on a busy south-side street.

Pima County sheriff's Deputy Jesus Verduzco, 40, was in a marked Chevrolet Tahoe heading to a nonemergency call. He was driving north on South Campbell Avenue near East Wyoming Street, when he swerved to avoid striking the boy, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson police spokeswoman.

A benefit to help Xavier's father, Vincent Sanchez, bury his son will be at the Branding Iron, 5442 S. 12th Ave., starting at noon, said Richard Gonzalez, the bar's manager.

"We are trying to do everything we can to help the family," said Gonzalez.

He said Xavier lived with his father and two siblings.

"People are donating and preparing the food, and businesses are helping with prizes for raffles during the benefit," said Gonzalez.

A dinner plate, including birria (shredded beef prepared with spices), rice, beans and a salad, will sell for $5.

A Wells Fargo account has also been set up to help with funeral expenses.

Donations can be made to Xavier Arturo Sanchez Memorial Fund at any branch. The account number is 7407196422.

Tucson police traffic investigators, which are handling the crash investigation, will not present the case to the Pima County Attorney's Office because the case does not warrant criminal charges against Verduzco, Hawke said.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at 573-4104 or cduarte@azstarnet.com

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