Police: Boxer Paul Williams Was Driving Too Fast Before Crash That Left Him Paralyzed

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Carissa Fox)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Carissa Fox)

(AP) MARIETTA, Ga. - Boxer Paul Williams was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment, police said Tuesday.

Williams was paralyzed and has no movement from the waist down after Sunday's crash in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, his manager George Peterson said.

The 30-year-old athlete severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle, Peterson said.

Williams was driving at a high rate of speed which was too fast for conditions, Marietta police said in a statement Tuesday. Police say he could not negotiate a curve, and the bike slammed into the embankment.

Williams, a fighter known as "The Punisher," is from Aiken, S.C. He was in metro Atlanta to attend his brother's wedding.


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