Pelham police make arrest during investigation of Hispanic resident’s death

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Pelham Police Department is investigating the death of an Hispanic resident pronounced dead after police responded to a wreck on U.S. 31 near Valley Elementary School during the early morning hours of Aug. 12.

The department has interviewed several individuals during its investigation, which resulted in one arrest Aug. 15 for hindering prosecution first degree. The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the individual arrested wasn’t released.

When police arrived on the scene Aug. 12, they discovered 25-year-old Emilio Alozo in the vehicle.

“When we responded to the scene, we discovered that the injuries the subject (in the vehicle) had were not consistent with the nature of the accident,” Palmer said.

Emergency responders then transported Alozo to UAB Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Palmer said.

As of Aug. 15, police were still investigating the death.