UPDATE: North Texas Boxer Errol Spence Junior Charged With DWI In Last Week’s High-Speed Crash In Dallas
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Welterweight boxing champion and DeSoto resident Errol Spence Jr. is in the intensive care unit after he was involved in a rollover crash in Dallas early Thursday morning, police say.
The crash happened just before 3 a.m. on South Riverfront Boulevard near downtown Dallas and it involved only one vehicle — a white Ferrari.
CBS 11 News reporter J.D. Miles obtained surveillance video of the crash showing the Ferrari catch air and roll over multiple times.
#BREAKING Exclusive video from a nearby security camera shows the crash that injured Championship Boxer Errol Spence Jr when he lost control of his Ferrari and it rolled multiple times ejecting him. Fortunately he survived and expected to be ok pic.twitter.com/2Z1xh9DDiA
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) October 10, 2019
According to police, the vehicle was going at a high rate of speed in the northbound lanes in the 500 block of Riverfront. The vehicle went over the center median and flipped multiple times, ejecting the driver. Police say Spence wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
According to police, the 29-year-old was taken to the hospital in serious condition and is expected to survive. He remains in the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
Police officially identified the driver as Spence at around 9 a.m. Sources close to the boxer had identified him to CBS 11 News earlier in the morning.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.
A statement on Spence’s condition came out Thursday evening from Spence’s management company, Premier Boxing Champions:
Errol Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.
He is currently resting with his family by his side. They want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and are extremely grateful to the Dallas first responders who rushed to the scene to attend to Errol
after the accident and the doctors who are taking care of him at the hospital.
Spence, a welterweight champion from DeSoto, is currently 26-0 in his professional career and his latest match was against Shawn Porter on Sept. 28.
Porter tweeted about the crash and offered his prayers for Spence’s recovery.
My dad always tells me “this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. U still have a lot of life to live after that.” With that, I'm praying for @ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly & fully.
— ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) October 10, 2019
“My dad always tells me ‘this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. U still have a lot of life to live after that.’ With that, I’m praying for @ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly & fully,” Porter said.
The local boxer made his professional debut in November 2012. He won the IBF welterweight title in May 2017 and has defended it since.
Spence defended his welterweight title twice in front of the local crowds at The Star in Frisco on June 16, 2018 against Carlos Ocampo and at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on March 16, 2019 against Mikey Garcia.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 10, 2019
“Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to @ErrolSpenceJr,” the Dallas Cowboys tweeted.