Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

Car crash spoils celebration

Rahman, family ‘OK’ after getting thrown from convertible

April 26, 2001

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Newly crowned heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and his family were thrown from a convertible in a motorcade accident Wednesday after a celebration at City Hall.

"Everybody's OK," Rahman said after leaving The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Rahman sustained minor cuts on his elbows. His wife, Crystal, sustained cuts and bruises and was fitted for a neck brace before being taken from the scene by ambulance.

The boxer, his wife and at least two of their three children were sitting in the back of a convertible when it struck a taxi, hurling them from the car.

Rahman had been honored at City Hall for winning the IBF and WBC titles Saturday night in South Africa with a surprise fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis.

Police were escorting Rahman in a red convertible toward the Inner Harbor when an officer in a cruiser tried to stop traffic, police commissioner Edward Norris said. As the officer stepped out of his car, a Volkswagen ran a red light and hit the convertible, causing it to collide with a taxi. Mayor Martin O'Malley said the convertible was being driven by someone on his staff.

The Volkswagen's driver, Mike Heisler, told WBAL-AM that he had the green light at the intersection.

"All of a sudden, a red car comes flying through at an amazing speed," Heisler said. "I tried to hit my brakes and I almost made it through without me hitting him, but I hit the back tail and he spun around and that's when he hit the taxi cab."

A Hopkins spokeswoman said Rahman and his family were not seriously injured. Crystal Rahman was being kept overnight for observation.

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