Yesterday we reported that Shane Del Rosario had been forced to pull out of his fight at June’s Strikeforce: Overeem Vs Werdum following a car accident, but as more details emerge it appears that this is the least of his concerns at this moment in time.
It turns out that Del Rosario was the victim in the accident, having his car struck by a female drunk driver in the early evening of April 14th.
“”He was at a complete stop. This lady was drunk at 6 p.m. – I’m not sure how you’re drunk at 6 p.m. – but she lost control of her car, smashed into him, and apparently tried to flee the scene. The cops chased her down and caught her,” Del Rosario’s trainer Colin Oyama tells MMAJunkie.
More worryingly, according to Oyama there are now some doubts about his ability to compete in the sport in the future as a result of his injuries sustained in the collision.
“He’s having some serious physical difficulties,” Oyama informed MMAjunkie.com. “He’s planning on [fighting again], but the injuries are serious enough to where it’s kind of in question whether he can or not. We’re hoping that he can. We’ll know more in six months.”
That’s a rather sobering assessment for the 27 year-old who’s so far produced an unblemished 11-0 record in the sport, working his way up through the Strikeforce Challengers ranks before being placed in his first major event for the promotion in February as part of the main card for the launch of the Heavyweight Grand-Prix.
The future looked bright for Del Rosario as he secured a first round submission victory over Lavar Johnson, marking him out as the No.1 replacement pick for the tournament.
The accident means Del Rosario will now be ruled out of the tournament, and instead he now faces months of uncertainty, while also dealing with the legal proceedings that he’ll now undergo to aid the prosecution of the woman who crashed into him.