Posts Tagged ‘Car Accident’

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More than two weeks after his truck was struck by a moving train, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes no longer needs a ventilator and is showing “small signs of improvement,” his sister Beth Hughes Ulrici announced Tuesday on Facebook, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

The incident occurred on June 16 in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro, after Hughes drove his truck over train tracks.

The vehicle was hit on the passenger side, and Hughes was subsequently transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The UFC legend did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries, although he’d been only slightly responsive since being stabilized.

State police are still investigating, Raimondi reports.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title on two occasions between 2001 and 2006. He’d recently entertained a return to the Octagon after retiring in late 2011.

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Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has been playing through unimaginable pain in the wake of his sister’s death.

Chyna Thomas was killed in a one-car accident Saturday morning, and Thomas, with the support of his teammates, his peers, and the Celtics’ fans, took the court on Sunday and Tuesday night for Games 1 and 2 of his team’s first-round series against the Chicago Bulls.

He did not speak to the media after either game, but he put out a statement Tuesday to express both his profound sorrow and his gratitude for those who have supported him as he tries to process the loss.

“I never could have imagined a day where my little sister, Chyna, wouldn’t be here,” the statement reads. “She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words. This has been without question the hardest week of my life.

“At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn’t be more thankful for my friends, family, fans, the City of Boston, Celtics organization, and NBA community. I truly appreciate all of the support you’ve shown me the past several days and thank you for respecting my privacy as I continue to grieve and heal with my loved ones at this time.”

Thomas plans to return to Tacoma, Wash., to be with family and attend Chyna’s funeral, before rejoining the Celtics in Chicago for Game 3 on Friday.

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Chyna Thomas, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas‘ sister, died Saturday at age 22 after a car accident in Washington state.

“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics said in a Twitter statement. “The thoughts & prayers of the entire organization are with Isaiah & his family.”

Chyna died at the scene of the accident after crashing into a large metal pole around 5 a.m. ET, according to Craig Sailor of the Tacoma News Tribune.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released his own statement Saturday:

“The NBA family mourns the tragic passing of Chyna Thomas and we send our deepest condolences to Isaiah, his family and the Celtics organization during this difficult time.”

Isaiah is still expected to play in the Celtics’ upcoming matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

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Source: Hannibal TV

As we previously mentioned, former WCW Champion “Big Van Vader” was recently interviewed with Hannibal TV, and discussed his lingering health issues as well as reports that he has two years to live. You can check out the highlights here:

His car accident earlier this year and how reports that he had two years to live came about:

“I had a rollover car accident. I was in my company car, was actually coming back from Costco and there was a series of turns. I caught a turn too late, an overturn coming back, and it actually rolled. I rolled the car twice, the whole top of the car was caved in where my head was. My head looked like it might — My eyes were black and blue, my nose was so swollen, my forehead was swollen, my head was probably close to twice the normal size. I probably should have died in that accident, it was probably just two or three weeks prior to that accident I was seeing a doctor.

“I was in the medical center and I was seeing my doctor, who is actually an MD, and heart specialists came into my room. They said ‘We’ve been looking at your heart’ and I said ‘Who are you?’ I didn’t recognize the guy. He said ‘You have two years to live. We’ve been looking at your heart, and that’s the deal.’ It wasn’t much longer than that when he came back in the room — cause he left and obviously I had a bunch of questions and I’m in the process of answering those questions at this point. So for me to start talking would probably be premature at this point. I’ve been in the gym, I feel okay, I’ve been feeling pretty good actually. I don’t know exactly what he’s talking about or if something will show itself up in weeks to come, but right now I’m still trying to figure out exactly what’s going on.”

If he will still wrestle:

“Yeah I’ve got bookings now, and I’m in the gym preparing for those bookings. Autographs, wrestling matches, and maybe I can get a match with Kell (Chael Sonnen).”

What he’ll be working on with Diamond Dallas Page:

“Diamond Dallas Page contacted me, if you’re looking for a better guy you won’t find it. Diamond Dallas Page he has a gift to give and a need to give it. He called me up and said ‘I heard about your health problems and we want to help.’ He offered so on January 2nd Ima be in Atlanta and start working with Diamond, and we’re gonna get after it. The goal is to lose 100 pounds so, as I sit right now I’m probably about 375 or 380. I don’t think I’m fat but I’m big. I’ve been in the gym lifting and doing a log of cardio, 45 minutes to an hour a day. Walking and then getting off the bike, doing a 20 minute walk, then going to workout.”

If taking heart medication would help better his condition:

“I can’t comment on that right now, but I do know this. I’ve had three different doctors in Boulder express the Gloom and Doom scenario. It’s a top of the second if we’re talking about baseball, and I’m behind. My son has reached out, he lives in Dallas and we’re gonna go down to Dallas, and wee the doctors in Plano and my understanding is the Plano heart doctors are the renowned heart surgeons, heart specialists in the United States and perhaps the world. I’ve got appointments down there, then I’m off to see Dallas. So I’m not sitting on this, I’m proactive. Just refusing to die, I’m not going to die. And that’s the mindset I have, and the mindset I will have forever more so.”

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Legendary former NHL defenseman Ray Bourque was arrested on a drunk driving charge late Friday night.

Bourque was arrested in Andover, Mass., and charged with operating under the influence after getting into an accident, Lt. Cecilia Blais told Felicia Gans of The Boston Globe.

There were no injuries in the two-car accident and Bourque was released on bail, according to Blais.

Bourque was arrested around 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.

The 55-year-old played 21 seasons for the Boston Bruins and won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Looking back, Zack Kassian is thankful.

Thankful that a single car accident back in training camp wasn’t more serious than it was, and for how the Montreal Canadiens prompted change in his personal life with their response.

Now a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Kassian – who returns to Montreal for the first time Saturday – reflected on the club’s decision to suspend him without pay, send him to the NHL’s substance abuse program, and, finally, waive and trade his rights.

“The best thing for my carer was probably the car accident,” Kassian told reporters. “It was an eye opener. Who knows what would have happened if that car accident never happened?

“At the time (the suspension) was tough to swallow, but for the last four months I’ve learned to be OK with it and move on.”

As such, he holds no ill will toward the Canadiens or general manager Marc Bergevin.

“They were great to me while I was here,” he said. “Marc is a great person. The team is a bunch of great guys. I couldn’t thank the team enough.

“What happened to me was negative, but at the same time what came from that was me finally realizing that I needed help. I got it and now it’s just a matter of staying on top of it.”

So far, Kassian is making the most of his second chance, recording two goals and two assists in eight games with the Oilers.

Cleveland Indians infielder Zach Walters is recovering from a recent car accident.

The Indians released a statement noting Walters “is home, and is in good spirits,” according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.

“Everything to this point has checked out fine. We will continue to stay in touch with him and monitor his situation,” the statement reads.

Cleveland’s comments come after Walters posted photos of himself in the hospital, as well as the wreckage, on his private Instagram account.

The 26-year-old appeared in 12 games for the Indians last season and owns a career slash line of .182/.233/.394 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs across three big-league seasons.

He was acquired from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera in 2014.