Four local pro wrestlers involved in serious car accident

Wrestlers from across the globe give support

Mike Baggerman
January 07, 2019 - 9:55 am

Photo via Jesse Guilmette/Pepper Parks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Four local professional wrestlers are recovering after a scary accident on I-90 over the weekend.

Kevin Pufpaff, Kevin Bennett, Danny Garcia, and Kevin Lockwood, were driving back to Western New York from an independent wrestling show in Montreal on Sunday when they struck a patch of black ice near Batavia and hit a guard rail, according to Jesse Guilmette, a local wrestler who goes by the name "Pepper Parks".

"They didn't hit the guard rail sideways, they hit the beginning of the guard rail," Guilmette, who wasn't on the road with them, said. "It did a number on the car and nearly ripped it in half."

Guilmette visited the wrestlers shortly after the accident at ECMC and said Bennett went to a hospital in North Tonawanda to be with his newborn baby. Injuries for them included back injuries to Bennett and cuts from broken glass and a minor head injury for Pufpaff. However, Garcia broke both of his legs and Lockwood suffered broken ankles and a severe concussion, which included some memory loss.

The four are expected to recover from their injuries, but the outpouring of support from the local wrestling community was so strong it garnered support from some of the most popular professional wrestlers in the world.

Jonathan Huber, a Western New York native, who wrestles professionally in the WWE by the name "Luke Harper" donated $1,500 to the fundraising efforts Dori Prange, who wrestles by the name "Ruby Riott" donated $500. Other internationally-known professional wrestlers have chipped into the fundraising efforts and spread awareness on it including Aleister Black and former pro wrestler CM Punk.

"It's nice because it puts at least a positive spin on such a tragic thing," Guilmette added. "I was with those guys in the hospital on (Sunday). Within an hour, the gofundme reached some good numbers. They were blown away, speechless, and crying."

You can view and donate to the fundraiser by clicking HERE

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