Parents of boy sue Dallas utility over death

October 12, 2010 6:12:57 AM PDT
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 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.