NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Willie Colón and wife Julia of New Rochelle were involved in life-threatening motor home accident in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Tuesday. This according to a statement issued by a spokesperson for El Malo, Inc., Colón’s recording company.
“The Colóns were pulled from the wreckage and taken to a local hospital,” said Neil McCarty, Director of Communications at El Malo.
Colón’s condition required transport to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a level one trauma enter, in Norfolk, Virginia. Injuries included head trauma with concussion, lacerations to the scalp that required 16 staples, and fractures to his C1 cervical vertebra. He is in serious but stable condition.
Mrs. Colón’s injuries included lacerations and contusions. She was treated and released from the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, NC.
UPDATE FROM WILLIE COLON, 4/27: “My dear friends & fans. Sorry I can’t answer your beautiful words of support personally. The news of my being OK, unfortunately, is not true. I have long road to recovery to walk. Thank you for all you have given me through the years. With God’s help I will come back. God bless.”
No other vehicles were involved in the accident. M. Colón will be transported as soon as possible to be treated by his medical team at NY Presbyterian.
No other information is available at this time.
Colón lives with his family in New Rochelle, NY.
Colón is an internationally-renowned musician.
He has collaborated with notable musicians such as the Fania All-Stars, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, David Byrne, and Celia Cruz. He has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.
Colón received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Latin Recording Academy in 2004. Colón has been inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.
Willie Colón is a former Deputy Sheriff for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.