DPD Identifies Officer Who Struck, Killed Pedestrian

By Matt Goodman & Sharrie Williams, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Police Department has identified Officer Bryan Crenshaw, a three-year veteran of the force, as the driver of the squad car that killed a pedestrian who walked in front of his vehicle Sunday morning.

Beverly Kirk, 43, was struck while crossing the street in the 9900 block of Burton Road Sunday between an ambulance and a marked patrol car, which was following the emergency vehicle to a disturbance on Oak Branch Road, department spokesman Warren Mitchell said on Sunday.

While the ambulance had its emergency lights and siren engaged, the patrol car did not. Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mitchell said the type of call the officer was responding to does not require that the responder activate his or her emergency lights and sirens. The department has not determined how fast the officer was driving and will not speculate on speed until after an investigation is completed.

Crenshaw joined the Dallas Police Department in Dec. 2008 and works out of the Southeast Division, said DPD Chief of Staff Randy Blankenbaker. Crenshaw has been placed on administrative leave.

On Monday, the department said it was awaiting results from a toxicology test of Kirk’s blood.

On Sunday evening, Kirk’s family said she was leaving her daughter’s house before the accident.

While the department said in a release that “the officer did not have his lights and sirens activated because it is not required for this particular call assignment,” Kirk’s family questioned that decision.

Following a similar incident in 2008 when an officer responding to a late-night disturbance without his lights on struck and killed a 10-year-old boy, former Police Chief David Kunkle created a new policy that forbade officers from violating any traffic laws without their sirens and lights on.

It is not yet clear whether Crenshaw broke any traffic laws during the incident. The initial accident report listed Kirk as homeless and ruled that she “failed to yield the right of way” to the officer.

The posted speed limit where Kirk was struck and killed is 35 miles-per-hour.

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  1. Bob says:

    Will the woman’s estate have to pay the jay walking fine? All the reports indicate she was not crossing in a designated crosswalk.
    Was she wearing a reflective vest or dark clothing?
    If you see an Ambulance pass you should expect additional vehicles behind it; lawyers, reporters, police, gawkers, etc…

  2. Bob says:

    One more question when you say he did not have his lights on does that include headlights or just the emergency signal lights?

    1. 2sister says:

      The above article says:

      “While the ambulance had its emergency lights and siren engaged, the patrol car did not. Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene.”

      In other words, the patrol car did not have it’s emergency lights on.

  3. Ralph says:

    The “Homeless” do not have any “estate” and regardless of what laws she may or may not have broken, she was still someones mother and will be missed by her family and friends. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  4. Bob says:

    The police car had headlights on, not the emergency lights(red and Blue) and siren.

  5. its me says:

    Bob, are you new? Like, to the planet? “Was she wearing a reflective vest or dark clothing?”… Well, OF COURSE a homeless woman had a “reflective vest” on. I’m sure she spent a long time going through her expansive closet before deciding on which outfit to put on for the evening. “…when you say he did not have his lights on does that include headlights or just the emergency signal lights”… You left out “dashboard lights”… those were probably the ones they were referencing. Get a clue. PLEASE. God help us, this planet is infested with people barely smart enough to keep breathing while they sleep.

  6. job says:

    The initial accident report listed Kirk as homeless and ruled that she “failed to yield the right of way” to the officer.

    well, she wasn’t homeless, as the initial report stated, but more important, I didn’t know that a police car had “right of way” over pedestrians. I suppose he taught her a lesson, but I know that pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way when I am driving,, and if I hit and kill one, I WILL be taken to JAIL by the POLICE, and charged with vehicular manslaughter by the DA. But, the police are above the law. No sirens, no lights, no indication as to his speed, but hey, she didnt yield, so she deserved to die. If the officer didn’t have his lights on, then he was speeding, and most certainly unable to control his vehicle. and IF a grand jury hears this case, because the police don’t go to trial or to jail for killing people, the grand jury will make a finding of innocent, or something like that. so predictable. , oh, and @its me.. the report initially stated she was homeless, but she wasn’t. seriously, before you say others are stupid, don’t assume.
    …here is from the article “Police Chief David Kunkle created a new policy that forbade officers from violating any traffic laws without their sirens and lights on.” so, if the speed limit was 35mph as stated in the article, then the officer either was speeding or not paying attention, or just wasn’t going to yield to a pedestrian because he is an officer and always, always right. its his job to be right, even if someone gets killed.

  7. Bighendontben says:

    I seen a similar emergency response in that area Saturday before that fatal accident with Ms. Kirk. Those cops was travelin pretty fast, there was one leading, there was the ems and fire truck then another police car following with break-neck speed nothing but lights flashing. Thats not a good policy, Ps. it appears to me that they used orange paint to draw a image of that victims body in the streets there. Don’t you think, her family have gone through enough. Where is the closure for the family, or respect for the deceased?

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