Dallas Woman’s Family Asks Why Squad Car’s Lights Weren’t On Before Accident

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Reginald Kirk is trying to make sense of his sister’s death.

“It definitely hurts. It really hurts,” he said, standing along the 9900 block of Bruton Road, where she died early Sunday morning.

Family members say 43-year-old Beverly Kirk was leaving her daughter’s home at around 3 a.m., when she tried to cross the street. A passing police cruiser struck and killed her.

“Why didn’t he have his lights on?” asked Kirk.

Police say the officer behind the wheel was following an ambulance to the scene of a disturbance.

The ambulance, they say, had its lights and sirens on; the patrol car, some distance behind it, did not.

In a statement Sunday, a Dallas police spokesperson said, “the officer did not have his lights and sirens activated because it is not required for this particular call assignment.”

In a seemingly similar incident in 2008, a Dallas police officer responding to a late night disturbance struck and killed a 10-year-old boy as he rode his bike into the street.

That officer also did not have lights or sirens on.

In response, then police chief David Kunkle created a new policy.

“We do not want our officers speeding, violating any traffic laws, unless they’re doing it with their red lights and sirens on,” said Kunkle, in a press conference following the 2008 incident.

The speed limit at the crash site on Bruton Road is 35 miles an hour. Police have not yet said how fast the patrol car was going.

Witnesses, though, claim it was speeding.

“He was going too fast without no lights,” said Tyrone Singleton, who was out for a late night walk.

A neighbor, Eddie Davis, said it’s not unusual.

“Police come through. They fly by all the time,” said Davis.

Dallas police say they are investigating. The Kirk family, meanwhile, is anxiously waiting for answers.

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One Comment

  1. Josh says:

    State law doesn’t require lights and sirens on any call. Its unfortunate that happened and I feel for the family….It was 3AM was the street lit?

  2. mark lampkin says:

    no headlites? not “required”? at 3 am? i would think any time it is dark every vehicle would be “required” to have at least head lites on. if the heeadlights were on, she would have seen it, and the driver would have seen her. sue the heck out of the person who did this. throw them off the police force. what is this bs, no lights required? and dont tell me they headlights were on. the story says “no lights”……In a statement Sunday, a Dallas police spokesperson said, “the officer did not have his lights and sirens activated because it is not required for this particular call assignment.” since when are lights at 3 am not required?????? even the police should follow the rules, except the police are above the law. everyone knows that.

    1. 2sister says:

      It doesn’t say their were no headlights on. It’s saying that the flashing lights weren’t on. Apparently, state law allows police officers to turn lights and sirens on if it doesn’t interfere with local policies. Someone on another site said that DPS has strict guidelines on when they can turn on lights and / or sirens. It’s possible this cop was not allowed to turn them on for this kind of situation.

    2. 2sister says:

      There is no phrase in the story that says, ” no lights.”

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