Family Furious About Body Found in Impound Lot
The family of a Lakewood, Ohio man is "outraged," and rightly so. He was killed in a car crash and left dead in the car when it was towed away. The body was not found until two days later by the family, after filing a missing persons report and tracing him back to the car at the impound lot.
An officer who handled the crash failed to check the vehicle before it was towed, said Martin Flask, Cleveland's safety director. The police department is reviewing the case.
Emil Azzam, 50, of Lakewood, died instantly from head and neck injuries when his car crashed on Friday on a snowy roadway, the Cuyahoga County coroner ruled.
"My brother, to my belief, was alive and he didn't get medical attention right away," said Emil's older brother Mounir. "That is murder when you leave somebody to die in a car when Cleveland police and EMS were 100 yards away."
The Cuyahoga County Coroner's report said "the decedent did not survive said accident on impact time of the incident."
"I don't believe them," said Mounir Azzam. "My brother was alive. If he got medical help, my brother would be alive right now."