Promoter Joe DeGuardia is very lucky to be alive today. Although hospitalized by a variety of bumps, bruises and broken bones, he is going to be just fine after surviving a horrific car crash Sunday morning.
DeGuardia had put on a boxing show on Saturday night in Huntington, New York, then spent some time hanging out after the fights. But during his drive home on the Long Island Expressway at around 4:15 a.m., a man driving a black Honda in the wrong direction on the highway -- without his headlights on -- hit DeGuardia's Mercedes head on and was killed. A female passenger in that car remains hospitalized and in bad shape.
DeGuardia, resting at Nassau University Medical Center, is expected to make a full recovery.
Ron Katz, DeGuardia's matchmaker, paid DeGuardia a visit on Sunday and said he was in pain but would be OK.
I had a chance to speak with DeGuardia briefly on Monday, and although he sounded a little weak, he said it had been a tough couple of days but that he would be alright.
DeGuardia also put out a formal statement:
"I'm incredibly lucky to be alive. I'm in quite a bit of pain, but I'll be fine. I wish to express my deepest and most sincere appreciation for the outpouring of true concern. I am humbled and honored by the emails, calls, texts, Twitter, Facebook and all other means of support I have received from all over the country and world from people in all aspects of my life, particularly including those in boxing, fans as well.
"My thoughts and prayers are also extended to the families of the young man who lost his life, and particularly his passenger. My prayers are with the young woman as she struggles for life."
Nassau County Sergeant Steven Fitzpatrick told 1010 WINS Radio that the impact of the crash was so severe that both cars were thrown approximately 150 feet from the point of impact. Both vehicles were destroyed.