Suit seeks $25M after boy fatally struck by sheriff’s deputy

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — The family of an 11-year-old boy riding a minibike who was fatally struck by a sheriff’s deputy in southern Michigan has filed a lawsuit seeking $25 million.

The lawsuit filed this month by the estate of Norman Hood Jr. and his parents lists Calhoun County and the unnamed deputy as defendants.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Wednesday from the county.

The deputy was responding to a reported burglary the evening of May 28 when he hit the boy in Battle Creek, about 120 miles west of Detroit. The sheriff’s office believes the bike turned into the car’s path. The vehicle’s overhead lights and siren were not activated.

The lawsuit claims the deputy was “negligent and/or grossly negligent” while driving that night. The lawsuit cites several examples, including failing to sound a horn and not activating a siren.

The boy’s mother says he wasn’t at fault. State police are investigating.

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