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Joe DeGuardia survives accident on LIE

Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone and promoter Joe DeGuardia

Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone and promoter Joe DeGuardia (Credit: Ed Diller, Star Boxing)

Here's a release and statement from Star Boxing:

Star Boxing's President Joe DeGuardia (pictured right) survived a horrific and tragic fatal car accident early Sunday morning while on his way home from "ROCKIN FIGHTS 4,"a sold-out event at The Paramount in Huntington.

DeGuardia was traveling west on the Long Island Expressway when his Mercedes was hit head-on by a Honda that was going the wrong way on the Expressway (just East of Exit ramp 41). The driver of the Honda was killed upon impact. There were reports that the driver of the Honda was operating without headlights on and was impaired.

Nassau County Sergeant Steven Fitzpatrick told 1010 WINS Radio that the crash was so brutal that both cars were throw approximately 150 feet from the point of impact. Both cars were totally destroyed.

'I'm incredibly lucky to be alive" said DeGuardia. "I'm in quite a bit of pain, but I'll be fine.

Those close to DeGuardia commented that being in the well made brand new Mercedes Benz may have helped DeGuardia survive, and also suggested that DeGuardia's instincts as a boxer (DeGuardia was a former Golden Gloves Champion who grew up on the tough streets of the Bronx) were also instrumental in his survival. Ironically, the accident was not far from where DeGuardia earned his law degree at Hofstra University School of Law School.

"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."

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