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Hialeah police comment on officer-involved crash [October 26th, 2012] starstarstarstarstar

HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) — The Hialeah Police Department’s investigation continues after a young woman involved in a police-involved car crash was declared brain dead.

On Tuesday, Hialeah Police said that the officer who was involved in a deadly crash did not cause the accident.

Officials said they have surveillance video that shows the driver of the sport utility vehicle involved in the deadly crash with an unmarked police cruiser did not have the right of way, adding that the passengers were not wearing their seat belts. “It is apparent in this investigation thus far, that the driver, Marco Barrios, violated the stop sign and proceeded through the intersection, placing himself in the path of the on-coming police car,” said Hialeah Police Department spokesperson Carl Zogby.

Twenty-one-year-old Andrea Castillo was declared brain dead on Sunday following the Friday night crash. Andrea remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital on life support while her organs are being donated. “I just need people’s prayers for her,” said mother Susie Castillo. “For God to keep her, and to take care of her.”

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