Wrong-Way Driver Charged With DWI For Crash That Injured Two In Westchester

A 22-year-old wrong-way driver was allegedly impaired when he struck a driver during an early morning crash in Westchester, leaving both hospitalized, police said.

Central Park Avenue near Palmer Road in Yonkers.
Central Park Avenue near Palmer Road in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to Central Park Avenue near Palmer Road at approximately 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, where there was a report of a head-on collision involving two drivers in the southbound lane on Central Park Avenue.

Both drivers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The investigation determined that a Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven by a 53-year-old Wappingers Falls man was struck head-on by a BMW driven by Yonkers resident Akeem Jamal, who was allegedly driving north in the southbound lanes for more than a mile.

Jamal suffered “extensive” head and bodily images. The other driver suffered injuries to his head and leg.

Police said that at the time of the crash, Jamal had a blood alcohol content of approximately .12 percent.

Following the investigation, Jamal was charged on Thursday, Nov. 14, with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and assault. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.

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