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Mike Tyson hurt in Connecticut motorcycle accident

October 30, 1997

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Mike Tyson punctured a lung and broke a rib when he overturned his motorcycle on an interstate exit ramp, a doctor said today.

``Tyson is doing extremely well,″ Dr. Lenworth Jacobs said. ``His prognosis is excellent.″

The 31-year-old former heavyweight champion was recovering at Hartford Hospital, where he’s expected to remain for a day or two before being released.

Doctors put a tube in his punctured right lung to reinflate it, Jacobs said.

Tyson’s manager, Rory Holloway, said that his fighter was sore but in good spirits.

``We’re just fortunate that he is OK,″ Holloway said. ``It could have been a lot worse.″

The accident happened on Interstate 84 about 10 miles east of Hartford during evening rush hour. Friends said Tyson’s motorcycle skidded when it hit some sand. He was wearing a helmet and a leather riding jacket.

Holloway said Tyson was heading home to his estate in Farmington from Holloway’s home in New Jersey. Two friends also riding motorcycles were with Tyson.

They had missed the Farmington exit, and were attempting to turn around at another exit when Tyson went down, Holloway said.

Holloway initially reported that Tyson called his Farmington home for a car. Today, he said that a motorist who saw the accident called state police, who gave Tyson a ride home at the fighter’s request.

After Tyson was home for a few hours, he decided to go to the hospital because he ``didn’t feel too good,″ Holloway said at the hospital late Wednesday.

The doctor said the injuries were consistent with a motorcycle accident. He also said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use.

Tyson’s wife, Monica, had been at their Farmington home waiting for him to arrive and accompanied him to the hospital.

The ex-champ was fined $3 million and lost his Nevada boxing license for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears during their heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas on June 28. Tyson, disqualified after the third round, was suspended July 1 and can apply for reinstatement one year after the ban.

Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20 on Nov. 22, 1986, was released from an Indiana prison in 1995 after serving three years of a six-year sentence for raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room in 1991.

Tyson has had some past incidents involving automobile accidents.

On Sept. 4, 1988, he was knocked unconscious after driving his BMW into a tree. Three days later, the New York Daily News reported the accident was a ``suicide attempt″ caused by a ``chemical imbalance″ that made him violent and irrational.

On April 26, 1989, Tyson was given a speeding ticket in downtown Albany, N.Y., for driving his Lamborghini 71 mph in a 30 mph zone while drag racing with a friend. Less than a month later, he received another speeding ticket in downtown Albany for driving his Lamborghini at an unspecified speed above the 30 mph limit, again while drag racing.