"The prayers are working," said Pat Russo, who runs the Atlas Cops and Kids boxing program, after telling NYFightBlog that New York amateur boxing star Pedro Sosa made it through surgery at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx this morning. "He's out of the operating room, they're cleaning him up. He made it through." Russo told us that the surgery was to stop bleeding in his brain.
Sosa, 19, was due to turn pro this week. He's the top-ranked amateur at 141 pounds, who hoped to use his fierce left hook to lift his family up. The former Junior Olympic, National PAL, USA Boxing, National Golden Gloves and contender for a 2012 Olympic berth was hit by a car and thrown from an overpass on the Cross Bronx Expressway on Sunday morning, along with his sister, Jennifer, who died.
Sosa trained out of the Washington Heights Cops and Kids (formerly Police Athletic League) facility.
In a horrific twist, the New York Post reported that Pedro's mother, Angela Escoto, was on the phone with Jennifer* right after the siblings got into a pileup on the icy road; Jennifer told her mom she was OK, and then the call dropped. Apparently, the vehicle struck her as she was reassuring her mother she was all right.
*Note: Jennifer's name has been spelled differently in different press accounts.