On Thursday, October 10th at approximately 3 am in Dallas, Texas, Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence, Jr. was injured in a rollover crash in his $300k Ferrari 488 Spider. According to police, Spence, Jr. was driving at a high rate of speed when his car veered over the median becoming airborne and ejecting him from the car. No other car appeared to be involved in the incident and Spence, Jr. was not wearing a seat belt.
The video is quite graphic. The car can be seen doing multiple barrel rolls and somersaults. It literally shredded itself apart as it went through the air impacting the road before coming to a halt. Given the nature of the crash and the injuries sustained by Spence, Jr., he was immediately taken to an area hospital and placed in ICU. Thankfully, he is expected to live.
Errol Spence, Jr. was born in 1990 on Long Island. He quickly rose to prominence in Golden Gloves winning several titles from 2009 to 2011. After representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, he would go on to unify the IBF and WBC titles. He is considered to be, pound for pound, one of the top ten boxers in the world. Not only does he possess an explosive punch but the stamina and athleticism enabling him to wear out his opponents if he hasn't already knocked them out before the end of the round.
The Ferrari 488 Spider was born in Maranello, Italy in 2015. It quickly amassed awards and accolades from Motor Trend and Top Gear. It is a mid-engine 2 seat sports car powered by a 3.9 liter V-8 pumping out 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. With a 7-speed dual clutch F1 style transmission it does 0-60 in under 3 seconds and the quarter mile in under 11. It serves as the basis for umpteen derivatives from the GTB, Pista and Pista Spider to one offs like the SP38 and P80/C to the GTE and GT3 racing variants.
It's just been replaced by the F8 Tributo so if you still want to get a 488 you better hurry up.
As for Pence, Jr., both as a boxing fan and a native Long Islander, I wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he's able to return to the ring. Accidents like this, unfortunately, remind us how fragile we all are whether we drive a cheap and simple commuter car or a snazzy supercar. Buckle up!