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WCW Veteran Strikes 5 Year Old Boy While Speeding & Drunk

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 27, 1996) – WWF Superstars

On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Convention Center in San Jose, California and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

Duke Droese vs. Steve Rizzono

Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw (JBL) vs. Bob Holly (Bradshaw’s debut)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Tim Patterson

Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka

• WCW Veteran Strikes 5 Year Old Boy While Speeding & Drunk

On Sunday, January 26th 2020, Old School WCW Veteran Van Hammer (Real name: Mark Hildreth) reportedly drove 58 mph in a 35 mph zone, when his car hit a 5 year old boy on a bike.

Van Hammer wasn’t just speeding, he was also drunk, which obviously makes things worse for him.

Here’s is the original press text from Palm Beach Post:

“BOYNTON BEACH — A 5-year-old boy whose bicycle still had training wheels was struck Sunday afternoon by a car driven by former professional wrestler Mark Van Hammer Hildreth, who was speeding and drunk, and who then took off, Boynton Beach police allege.

Mark Hildreth, 60, is charged with leaving the scene of an injury crash and DUI with injuries.

The boy, whom police did not name, was thrown atop the car’s hood, a police report said.

He was taken as a trauma patient to Delray Medical Center, with possible internal injuries and road rash.

Police said the injuries are not life-threatening and he was in stable condition late Sunday.

In court Monday morning at the Palm Beach County Jail, Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras set bail for Hildreth at $125,000, with an option for house arrest.

Prosecutors said Hildreth had a 2004 DUI arrest in Georgia.

According to a police report, just before 3 p.m. Sunday, the boy and his father were riding bikes on the 3400 block of South Seacrest Boulevard, near the Seacrest Scrub Natural Area at the city’s south end, when one bike veered in front of Hildreth’s black 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-550, heading north on Seacrest.

Police later would estimate the car was traveling 58 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The front-left corner struck one of the bikes, sending it onto the hood.

As passersby went to help the child, Hildreth pulled off, jumped out, and said, He jumped in front of me.

The other people said he then leaped back into his car and drive off southbound, even as they shouted for him to stop.

Two people followed Hildreth to his home, not far from where the crash took place, and moments later, two officers arrived and found Hildreth sitting on his porch steps.

Another person at the crash site had identified Hildreth from a photo lineup, the report said.

The police said Hildreth made statements about being involved in the crash and that he slurred his words and staggered and had alcohol on his breath, though he denied drinking.

He later said he’d had drinks the night before.

He then began to weep and again said, He drove out in front of me, and that he had no time to react.

He said he’d been driving home from his girlfriend’s residence.

He said that when the people began to berate him, he didn’t know what to do and drove off.

He refused field tests and a breath sample and was arrested, the report said.”

Van Hammer worked for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling from 1991 until 2000.

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