Promoter Joe DeGuardia of the Bronx was on his way home from a successful show on Huntington, Long Island Saturday night, when he was hit head-on, on the Long Island Expressway, by a driver going the wrong way, and reportedly with his lights off. The driver was killed upon impact.
Miraculously, DeGuardia, whose company, Star Boxing, was celebrating 20 years in the business at The Paramount theater, walked away from the vehicle and is now home, resting.
A Nassau County police sopkesman said both cars were thrown about 150 feet from the point of impact, and both vehicles were destroyed, at around 4:15 AM. DeGuardia, age 49, was riding in a brand-new Mercedes and his air-bag was deployed.
"I'm incredibly lucky to be alive," said DeGuardia, a former amateur boxer, graduate of Hofstra Law School, and prosecutor. "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."
The name of the late driver, a 23 year old man, was not released, nor was the name of his passenger. She suffered internal injuries and is in critical condition, according to the NY Post.