Boxer fights for life after crash, his sister killed in the accident
A 20-year-old boxer with a promising future was struck by a car on the Cross Bronx Expressway over the weekend. The man planned to turn pro on Monday. However, he spent that day in the hospital with serious personal injuries from the weekend car accident. The man reportedly was riding in a Chevrolet Venture with his sister and eight other people when a massive multi-vehicle accident on icy roads cut their trip short.
Witnesses claim there was chaos as cars piled-up along the expressway. After the scene settled somewhat, the boxer, who narrowly missed a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, and his sister stepped out to assess the damage from the multi-vehicle car accident. Suddenly, a Toyota Corolla involved in what officials are calling the third multi-vehicle accident in a string of incidents came sliding toward the two siblings.
The Corolla struck both of them. They were catapulted off the overpass, falling roughly 75 feet to the surface below. The pugilist suffered serious injuries in the accident. His sister has fatally wounded; she was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center.
The boxer was also to Jacobi, where he was placed initially in the Intensive Care Unit. Sources say the boxer was given a CAT-scan to check for brain injury after the crash. He underwent surgery to repair numerous injuries. The potentially life-saving surgery was performed to repair a punctured lung, a damaged liver and broken ribs suffered in the accident.
The series of crashes on the expressway reportedly left as many as 14 other people injured. The accidents occurred early Sunday. The 5:45 a.m. tragedy occurred on icy road surfaces on the Cross Bronx Expressway under near freezing temperatures.