Berkley councilman resigns after traffic crash

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Berkley – A Berkley city councilman has resigned after an incident this month where he was ticketed for leaving the scene of a traffic accident.

In a letter of resignation to city officials Monday, Alan H. Kideckel explained he felt his “continued presence as a member of city council will be a distraction that could prevent our city from moving forward in a positive direction …”

“On January 1, 2018, I was involved in an automobile accident and received a misdemeanor ticket,” Kideckel wrote. “My sincere and heartfelt apology is extended to the people in the other vehicle and anyone else who I affected. Due to the pending Court proceedings, I am unable to comment any further on the facts at this time.”

Kideckel, who was elected to the city council in November 2011, prefaced his letter by saying he had been involved in community affairs in Berkley for 25 years.

City spokesman Jay Grossman said the council is expected to take up the resignation letter at its next meeting Feb. 5. The council has 30 days to fill the vacancy.

On Friday, the city put out a news release that a vehicle accident had occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 in the area of Oakshire and Beverly, south of 12 Mile. It was reported that one driver had left the scene and a subsequent investigation determined that it was Kideckel, and that he was at fault.

Because Kideckel was a Berkley official, the city attorney referred the prosecution to Royal Oak to ensure there was no appearance of favorable treatment. Kideckel was cited for failing to yield to a traffic control device and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

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