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By Henrietta J. Burroughs
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Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011  
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Updated June 18, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.  


Photo of Terence Abdullah   1967 - 2011
Terrance Abdullah

Terrance Abdullah, 43, had reached some important milestones on the way to fulfilling his dreams. He had his own business S&P Worldwide Management, LLC, located in Palo Alto, and he was the host of a local television show that had just started airing. But all of his dreams for earthly success came to a sudden end when he was killed this week in a two-car accident on the Dumbarton Bridge.

The accident occurred as Abdullah, who grew up in East Palo Alto, was traveling west on the bridge in the number two lane on Tuesday, June 14 about 3 p.m. His 1995 Chevrolet Beretta stalled near the bridge’s toll plaza.  Shortly after his car became disabled, it was rear-ended by another car, a 2000 Nissan Quest.

The Nissan was driven by 59-year old Roberto Lopez of Menlo Park. According to California Patrol Officer Brian Watkins, Lopez was traveling at an unknown speed and failed for an unknown reason to stop or slow down.

Abdullah’s car took the full force of the collision and he was killed as he sat in the driver’s seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lopez, who complained of chest pains, was taken to Stanford Hospital.

The accident resulted in the closure on the bridge of two lanes in both directions. The lanes stayed closed for 50 minutes.

Watkins said that the accident is still under investigation. Both cars and all of the evidence from the scene are being held by the CHP until the investigation is complete.

Abdullah, who resided in Fremont, had relatives in East Palo Alto and was a frequent visitor to the city. His death came as a shock to those who knew him.

He had many friends among the teachers and students at JobTrain in Menlo Park. In commenting on his death, the organization’s Executive Director, Sharon A. Williams, said, ” I just wanted to let you know how very saddened all of us are here at JobTrain.  Terrance Kenner Abdullah was a graduate of our program and a friend who came here daily.  He was filled with hope and plans for the future.  I was a guest on his first public access TV show. He wanted to start volunteering in our youth programs.  Life is so fragile!”

Williams appeared on Abdullah’s television show, Bridging the Corporate Gap, which just started airing at the Midpeninsula Media Center earlier this month. A schedule for the show, can be seen here. In honoring Abdullah, the Media Center's staff uploaded his first show to YouTube where it can be seen in its entirety.

Abdullah is survived by his parents Ethel Jackson and Edward Kenner and two sisters, Erica Regina Jackson and Franzola Maria Hamilton.

Abdullah’s body was released by the Alameda coroner’s office to Jones Mortuary in East Palo Alto. His funeral service will take place on June 24 at 2 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, which is located at 1050 Bay Road in East Palo Alto.

Get more information about Terrance Abdullah in the upcoming edition of East Palo Alto Today.

To contact the author of this article through East Palo Alto Today, email epatoday@epatoday.org. 


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