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Sep 5, 2018

Jeffrey Hernandez’s Family Searching for Answers

Jeffrey Hernandez

The family of twenty-one-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez wants answers with regards to his horrible death. The Guinea Grass football player died on Monday night after falling inside a cement mixer and being sliced by one of the blades. He was cleaning the machine when the incident occurred.  The official police report states that Hernandez’s co-workers rushed to his aid after hearing agonizing screams. He was trapped for more than two hours and died shortly after.  Today, the family told News Five’s Hipolito Novelo that a proper investigation into Hernandez’s death needs to be conducted.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Family and friends of twenty-one-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez were at the Guinea Grass graveyard, preparing to lay the well-known football player to rest. On Monday night, Hernandez was reportedly cleaning a heavy duty cement mixer at AP Enterprise Cement Block factory located on the George Price Highway when things went awfully wrong. The official police report states that at around ten o’clock one of Hernandez’s co-workers heard screams and found Hernandez trapped between the blades of a mixer; he was sliced on the abdomen. The thinking that it was an unfortunate freak accident has not been accepted by Hernandez’s family. Hernandez worked at the block factory for only a week was not trained on how to properly and safely clean the heavy duty equipment. In fact, he was cleaning the machine without any proper supervision.

 

Balbino Batun, Grandfather of Jeffrey Hernandez

Balbino Batun

“The supervisors tell somebody to  wash the machine and the next friend came and did the work. So what happened with the two that were left? They gone? Because when the boy screamed, no one was there. The supervisor as at the next side and when they told the supervisors what happened he ran and out the current.  He did not know what had happened. He did not go to peep in the machine.”

 

Hipolito Novelo.

“How long was your son working there?”

 

 

Balbino Batun

“Only one week. This week would have been his second week. How will you put someone…if I am willing to help and I do not know the job…how do you think? You need somebody who knows the job to do it.”

 

Hernandez’s grandfather has yet to come to terms with his grandson’s death. He is having difficulties believing the sequence of events. He wants answers, specifically, an answer to what or who turned on the cement mixer while Hernandez was cleaning it.

 

Balbino Batun

“When they go to wash the machine, out the machine and out the current. Plus when they out the current, they took out the belt to make sure that if someone touches something it does not run but the machine was on.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Do you know whether or not your grandson receive any training at all in cleaning those machines?”

 

Balbino Batun

“No. He did not receive any training because his job was not to wash machine. My grandson employed him to work for the blocks.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Do you believe that the machine was accidentally turned on?”

 

Balbino Batun

“No.”

Hipolito Novelo

“What do you believe sir?”

 

Balbino Batun

“I say to my mind maybe the ones who were there to see the work and the next one who came to help maybe some of them touch the button accidently. I do not say they did it just to see what will happen. Maybe accidently but none of them want to take responsibly.”

 

Hernandez was trapped for hours. Gruesome footage shows Hernandez fighting for his life as fire officials and BERT personnel fought to extricate him. He died while on the way to the K.H.M.H. Oddly enough, the police were not called. In fact, the police knew of Hernandez’s death until Tuesday morning. It’s frustrating for Batun who says that those around had time to take pictures but not to call the police.

Balbino Batun

“You see right now those girls have pictures that were taken in the machine.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“They took pictures but did not call police?”

 

Balbino Batun

“Nobody called police.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“He is still alive here?”

 

Balbino Batun

“Yes. When he came out from there, about two hours later,  he was still living.”

 

Batun wants police to …

 

Balbino Batun

“Investigate it correctly because it is a lie that all of them are telling. I am not satisfied. I think this needs to go to court for them to tell the truth because only by mouth because the next one who died, he can’t say anything.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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