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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The family of a young boy who was fatally struck by Pima County Sheriff's Department vehicle has filed a claim seeking $50 million in damages.

Authorities say 10-year-old Xavier Arturo Sanchez died July 15 when he was hit by the marked driven by sheriff's deputy.

Tucson police investigators decided against submitting the case to the county Attorney's Office because they felt the circumstances didn't warrant criminal charges against the deputy.

The deputy was en route to a non-emergency call for service about a civil matter when he hit the boy with his vehicle.

Authorities say the deputy tried to swerve to miss Sanchez and wasn't speeding.

The Arizona Daily Star says a lawyer for the boy's father filed the claim, a precursor to a lawsuit. Sheriff's officials declined comment.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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