MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The family of a woman who was killed in a police-involved crash in Miami Beach wants a complete investigation.
Ivone Reyes had worked as a concierge at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel for decades. Her son said he never imagined that she would be killed when a Miami Beach police officer crashed into her car during a chase.
"She was literally two blocks away from our house," her son said. "She lived literally down the street and she didn't get a chance to go over there. You know, she left her TV on. She left her lights on. You know, she was coming back home and she never made it back."
Reyes' distraught son described the 68-year-old grandmother as a loving person and a longtime member of the Miami Beach community.
The crash happened Monday afternoon when the police officer was chasing Timothy Bowers, a 35-year-old suspect in a stolen BMW with an open arrest warrant in Missouri.
Reyes' son said he and his brother want authorities to conduct a complete investigation into the circumstances of her death.
"I want justice for her," he said.
The Miami Beach Police Department identified the officer involved in the crash as Officer Gregory McVey.
Miami Beach police spokesman Officer Ernesto Rodriguez released a statement Thursday night saying the entire incident remains under investigation.
"As with all sensitive and serious matters, such an investigation takes time," Rodriguez said.
Aside from her two sons, Reyes also leaves behind five grandchildren.
Ivone Reyes' family released this statement:
Our family is in painful mourning due to the loss of such a monumental figure of the family. Ivone was a beloved grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and a loving member of the North Beach community. She was always full of life up until her last breath. We have a lot of questions with no answers as of yet but we will not rest until she gets the justice she deserves. Our family requests as much privacy as possible during these heartbreaking times.