Hialeah residents have been receiving pre-recorded phone messages asking that the city police be removed from the investigation into an accident that killed the daughter of a school board member — prompting strong words from the city’s mayor.
Mayor Carlos Hernández said that the so-called “robo-calls” demanding that the city police be removed from the investigation is part of a campaign to politicize the case.
“It’s an insult to Hialeah citizens and to our police,” said Hernández in an interview. “This is a tragedy that has affected the lives of many people and the attempt to use this type of tactics for political or financial reasons outrages me.”
The night of Oct. 19, Andrea had accompanied boyfriend Marco Barrio to get gasoline at a gas station when his Jeep truck was hit by a patrol car carrying Hialeah Detective Raúl Somarriba.
The taped messages denounce the fact that neither the Hernández administration nor the Hialeah Police have released information on the accident.