Rapper Twista Injured in Car Crash
Illinois State University Concert Still on Schedule
Published: Friday, September 17, 2004
Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2009 23:10
Seems Twista has more to worry about these days than rap lyrics. The Chicago rapper, whose real name is Carl Mitchell, was in a car crash early last week that injured five and killed a member of his security staff.
The van which was traveling from Syracuse, NY to Chicago on Interstate 90 veered from traffic and flipped over into the median around 4 a.m. Monday morning in Erie, Pa. All passengers except the driver, who was the only wearing a seatbelt, were ejected from the vehicle.
Mitchell's long time friend and bodyguard, Arthur Dixon, conceded to his injuries and was pronounced dead at St. Vincent's Health Center in Erie. Another passenger, Ronaldo Jones, remains in stable condition at the hospital. Mitchell and three other people along for the ride were treated for minor injuries and released.
No charges have been filed against driver Otis Bankhead of Chicago, who police believe fell asleep at the wheel. The rapper may also face charges after Erie police complete their investigation.
Mitchell, 30, is best known for his hit Slow Jamz which featured rapper Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. In 1992, he earned a spot in the Guinness World Records as the fastest rapper in the world and is approaching double-platinum status with his newest LP, Kamikaze.
Despite Monday's tragic accident, Mitchell's next tour date remains set for Sept. 17 at Illinois StateUniversity, according to concert site Pollstar.com.