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CLEVELAND (AP) ó A man who was killed in a car crash was left dead in the crumpled vehicle when it was towed away, and the body was not discovered until family members found it two days later, police said.

An officer who handled the crash failed to check the vehicle before it was towed, said Martin Flask, Clevelandís safety director. The police department is reviewing the case.

Emil Azzam, 50, of Lakewood, died instantly from head and neck injuries when his car crashed Friday on a snowy roadway, the local coroner ruled.

The car was not far from a multi-vehicle accident, and witnesses had described Azzamís car as an abandoned vehicle, police said.

But the family said paramedics found the phone number of a friend of Azzamís in the car and notified him of the crash. The family rushed to the hospital that the paramedic had mentioned to the friend, but Azzam never arrived, said Victoria Green, his sister-in-law.

Azzamís family filed a missing personís report, traced his vehicle to the impounded car lot and found the body Sunday. He was still holding a burned-out cigarette in his hand, his family said.

Well somebody screwed up on that one.