YONKERS, NY — November 14, 2019 — On Sunday, September 15th, 2019, at approximately 4:45 AM, members of the Yonkers Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of Central Park Avenue at Palmer Road on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Thereafter first responders located what appeared to be a head-on collision in the southbound lane of Central Park Avenue involving two vehicles, both occupied only by the drivers who were removed to a local area trauma center; a criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit were assigned to the case. Investigation has yielded that vehicle one, a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was being driven by the registered owner, a 53-year-old resident of Wappingers Falls, southbound on Central Park Avenue proper when he was struck by vehicle two, a 2017 BMW being driven by 22-year-old Akeem JAMAL, a resident of Yonkers, and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s Deputy Communications Director . JAMAL allegedly operated the BMW in an intoxicated state, driving northbound in the southbound lane of Central Park Avenue against traffic for a distance of over one mile; subsequent testing yielded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11% – 0.12%, establishing probable cause to charge JAMAL this date with the following:
1. NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1192§2 Driving While Intoxicated; per se. (> 0.08%) – misd.
2. NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1192§3 Driving While Intoxicated – misd.
3. NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1212 Reckless Driving – violation
4. NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1130 Divided and Controlled-access Highways –infraction NYS Penal Law 120.20 Reckless Endangerment 2 (Class A Misdemeanor)
5. NYS Penal Law 120.00 Assault 3 (Class A Misdemeanor)
As a result of this incident, JAMAL suffered extensive head and bodily injuries not then considered life-threatening; the 53-year-old resident of Wappingers Falls suffered injury to his head and leg. JAMAL was issued a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned on a future date. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
NOTE: Charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: Helen Jonsen | Director of Public Information | Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
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SOURCE: Det. Lt. Dean Politopoulos | Yonkers Police Department | Communications.
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