Miami Lakes

Meeting to address residents’ concerns over Pizzi’s car accident

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi told police he crashed his 2014 black Kia Optima into a tree at Northwest 140th Street and 82nd Avenue Monday night while trying to avoid an animal. Pizzi is said to have left the scene of the accident, before returning wearing a baseball cap. He declined medical attention for a cut on his forehead, and wasn’t give an alcohol test.
Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi told police he crashed his 2014 black Kia Optima into a tree at Northwest 140th Street and 82nd Avenue Monday night while trying to avoid an animal. Pizzi is said to have left the scene of the accident, before returning wearing a baseball cap. He declined medical attention for a cut on his forehead, and wasn’t give an alcohol test. MIAMI HERALD FILE

Miami Lakes Councilman Ceasar Mestre has requested a special call meeting to discuss Mayor Michael Pizzi’s June 15 car accident.

On Tuesday, the town’s public safety committee discussed the accident during their regular meeting, as residents brought up concerns they had regarding the incident.

The committee unanimously passed a recommendation to the council for an independent review by Florida Department of Law Enforcement of the accident.

“It is important to note that this investigation is being suggested based on the residents requesting an independent review in order to obtain a detailed explanation and complete transparency,” said Public Safety Committee Chair Roberto Alonso via email. “The committee wants this review in order to understand the law in an effort to provide guidance and education to our residents.”

Pizzi, who beat federal bribery charges in August 2014 and returned to office in May after winning a reinstatement case against the town, told police he crashed his 2014 black Kia Optima into a tree at Northwest 140th Street and 82nd Avenue while trying to avoid an animal.

Pizzi is said to have left the scene of the accident, before returning wearing a baseball cap. He declined medical attention for a cut on his forehead, and wasn’t give an alcohol test.

In a memo to the town, Mestre said that the special meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 1 in Town Hall, 6601 Main St., is intended to be a follow up on the public safety committee’s request.

“I would like to discuss this matter with my colleagues to see what actions, if any, should be taken,” he said.

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