Who was Vicky Lyons?
Vicky Lyons was a woman who survived a horrific hit-and-run accident when she was four years old, and later became a professional wrestler and a beloved member of the wrestling community.
On June 9, 1980, Vicky was playing with her toy dishes in the parking lot of the Big Spring Herald, where her mother had taken her to work because her babysitter was unavailable. A truck driver who worked for the same newspaper ran over her and fled the scene, leaving her with severe head and eye injuries.
How did Vicky Lyons die?
Vicky Lyons died on June 9, 2011, at the age of 34, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she had moved to pursue her passion for wrestling. The exact cause of her death is unclear, but some sources suggest that she may have had an aneurysm, a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. She was found dead by a family member in her apartment or a hotel room, depending on the account.
Her death was mourned by her family, friends, and fans, who remembered her as a sweet, generous, and courageous person. Her mother, Crystal Lyons, said that she was “the most amazing daughter and friend”. Her wrestling mentor, Pete “Sherlock” McDonald, said that she was “a very special person who touched a lot of lives
What was the legacy of Vicky Lyons?
Vicky Lyons left behind a legacy of resilience, determination, and inspiration. She overcame many challenges and hardships in her life, such as her physical and mental disabilities, her abusive father, and her poverty. She never gave up on her dreams and pursued her passion for wrestling, which gave her confidence, happiness, and a sense of belonging. She trained at the Highspots Wrestling School in Charlotte, where she learned the skills and techniques of the sport. She participated in several matches, including one against Daffney Unger, where she showed her strength and charisma.
She also helped her mother with her quest for justice, which involved using forensic tire evidence to identify the driver who hit her. Her mother collected tire impressions from the trucks in the newspaper’s parking lot and sent them to McDonald, a former Firestone designer and FBI instructor, who matched them to the marks on Vicky’s face. He identified the driver as James Earl Johnson, who confessed to the crime and was sentenced to five years in prison.