UPDATES – AND REVISIONS
September 15, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano makes a visit to Akeem Jamal’s bedside
September 16, 2019 – Mr. Jamal is ALERT and OFF the ventilator!
September 17, 2019 – Office of Westchester County Responds to Inquiry
September 18, 2019 – Yonkersites Await statement from Mayor Mike Spano.
September 18, 2019 – Why has Yonkers City Hall Not Given Yonkersites an Update? Is there an effort to disassociate the Mayor’s Office from that of the Mayor’s Deputy Communications Director Akeem Jamal?
September 23, 2019 – 9 Days after the accident took place not one word from Mayor Mike Spano and/or His Staff Advising of Akeem Jamal’s physical and mental state. Where is the compassion and the concern?
YONKERS, NY — September 15, 2019 — It was Saturday, September 14, 2019th when Akeem H. Jamal, Mayor Mike Spano’s Deputy Communications Director entered the Yonkers Brewery with Mayor Mike Spano, Acting Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, Yonkers Police Benevolent Association Det. President Keith Olson, and Yonkers Brewery Owner and Yonkers City Councilman John Rubbo (D-District 4), among other associates who participated in Riverfest 2019. What they ate and/or drank is unknown and not something over which this report cares to conjecture or speculate. At one moment in time, either with those associates/friends driving in their respective cars in tow to dúo with some or none of the entourage mentioned herein or not, whether they met at dúo or not, it has been corroborated by sources in the know that Mr. Jamal departed the Yonkers Brewery in his 2017 BMW sedan for dúo Tapas Bar & Lounge serving a “sexy and sophisticated clientele and menu! With two floors of ambiance dúo is sure to cater to your every need.” Their enticing advertising suggests one may “enjoy sipping our legendary Sangria or just relax with a glass of wine while dining on one of our many tapas …” dúo (duotapasbar.com) is located at 728 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers NY 10704.
Mr. Jamal evidently had met his school chums from Yonkers Middle School at dúo. About a dozen friends or so. He was drinking and buying his friends drinks. As the hours came to lapse, he advised that he would depart. His friends begged him not to drive home but to take an Uber. He did not listen, no matter how much they beseeched him. In fact it was some of those school chums who called the YPD to advise Akeem Jamal was driving in the wrong lane, against traffic on Central Avenue.
On September 16, 2019, he departed dúo in his 2017 Beemer at approximately 4:30am. He drove from dúo in an easterly direction toward Central Park Avenue. Upon reach the intersection he made an immediate left turn onto Central Park Avenue. He had positioned his car to enter the road designated for those traveling in a southerly direction, when he should have driven to the opposite side of the split Central Avenue that was one traffic signal further east and then turned left which would have placed him on Central Park Avenue heading north on the correct side of Central Avenue designated for those traveling in a northerly direction and thereby being correctly positioned on the road so designated. Yet he did not. And so he was traveling northbound from the Yonkers Avenue / Central Park Avenue intersection for approximately 2 miles north when he neared the juncture of Palmer Road. During this 2 miles long journey, despite the wee hour, three calls, that Yonkers Tribune is aware of were received by the Yonkers Police Department advising of a vehicle “traveling on the wrong side of Central Park Avenue,” that is against traffic.
For the almost entire length Mr. Jamal traveled, the width of Central Park Avenue was only one car/bus wide. As one approaches Palmer Road there road widens on Central Park Avenue other than a dividing line between the side of the road designated for travel north and south. As Mr. Jamal was nearing Palmer Road, he was on the side designated for traveling south, yet he was traveling in a northerly direction, he struck a vehicle yards from the former Dick Gidron Cadillac car dealership. YPD asserts the head-on collision took place at 4:47am Sunday morning.
The driver of the 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was a 53-year old male resident of Wappinger Falls, NY. The BMW driver was 23-year old Akeem H. Jamal. Both men were removed from the wreckage of their respective vehicles by Empress Ambulance EMS Paramedics. The YPD suggest the injuries suffered by the Trailblazer driver were not considered life threatening, whereas Mr. Jamal suffered severe internal bleeding and was placed into a coma at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Westchester County Medical Center. Truth be told, the man from Wappinger Falls had a broken leg. He has already retained legal counsel and will sue the City of Yonkers.
Mr. Abdul Jamal, Akeem Jamal’s father, a well-to-do business man who is a member of the Yonkers Board of Education Trustees is also a large donor to Mayor Mike Spano. Mr. Abdul Jamal begged Mayor Spano to retain his son Akeem’s employment with Yonkers City Hall. People with knowledge advise that Mayor Spano had told the father that he had personally warned Akeem Jamal about his excessive drinking and driving concerns and noted that this accident was one he can no longer associate himself.
Mr. Jamal suffered severe internal bleeding, broken bones, was placed into a coma at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Westchester County Medical Center. He is said to have suffered a hip fracture, other broken bones, and was likely to be suffering some brain bleeding. Some sources suggest his recovery / rehabilitation period may take as long as a year
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Yonkers Tribune called the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney with the intention to speak to Westchester County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Office O’Rouke to gain insight as to whether the Westchester County District Attorney’s office was engaged in an investigation into the incident described herein. The Yonkers Tribune was, and still remains intent to learn if an inquiry into this incident had been opened. The basis for making such an inquiry is because the City of Yonkers is obligated to have an investigation of such an accident. This is standard protocol, especially when a member of the Yonkers Mayor’s Staff is involved. It is prudent to have an outside agency, such as the Weschester County District Attorney’s Office engage in such as investigation to quash any semblance or inference of impropriety or conflict of interest by any and every measure. It must also be recognized in such an accident a blood sample is taken at the hospital to ascertain what may have been the basis for some form of “impairment” for someone to drive 2 miles against traffic. Mr. Jamal is after all the Mayor’s Deputy Communicatíons Director.
The terse email response from Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr.’s Director of Public Information Helen Jonson came about after she needed to make further inquiry to my initial verbal question. She called back but I was on the other line. She left a voice mail message requesting I make my request by email which I did. Her response was disappointing, as it reads: “The DA’s Office does not comment on the existence or status of an investigation. Thank you for your inquiry. Regards Helen.”
It is also required for a hospital to have taken a sample of blood to test for alcohol level or any other form of impairing substance that is recognized by his not adhering to traffic patterns in a city he is familiar traversing.
We have also learned that Akeem Jamal has pelvic injuries and is in a lot of pain
We pray for the recovery of Mr. Akeem Jamal and the man who resides in Wappinger Falls, NY, whose name we are not privy.