Vicky Lyons: An Epilogue

It Got Better
(“Treading Not So Lightly,” Forensic Files)

Last week’s post discussed the circumstances surrounding the 1980 hit-and-run accident in Big Spring, Texas, that left Vicky Lyons, at age 4, with severe head and eye injuries.

Vicky Lyons, as picture on the
Vicky Lyons

Vicky was around 25 by the time she appeared in “Treading Not So Lightly,” the 2001 Forensic Files episode about the case, and she spoke of the way her neurological impairments made her feel self-conscious in public.

The closing credits noted she died in 2011 at the age of 34.

That got me curious about what happend to Vicky in the intervening years. Although I wasn’t able to learn the cause of her death, I did come across some information about the later years of her life.

Mat mates. An internet search turned up a video of two semi-costumed women — one of whom was introduced as Vicky Lyons — participating in a wrestling match.

There weren’t any closeups, so it was impossible to tell if the wrestler was the same Vicky Lyons, until I found an online obituary that made it clear the wrestler was in fact almost certainly the Vicky Lyons of Forensic Files fame.

It referred to her as a “professional woman’s wrestling Diva for the past six years working for the Highspots Wrestling School of Charlotte, N.C.”

Michael Bochicchio, owner of the school, also confirmed in an email that it was indeed the same Vicky Lyons, and that she was fondly remembered by many people there.

With her identity assured, I went back and watched the entire wrestling video.

I must say, Vicky kicked ass.

Hard-grapple life. She bounced back after opponent Daffney Unger picked her up and threw her to the mat and put her in a Boston crab hold (you can bet I had to Google that term).

Vicky won the match.

I don’t know too much about wrestling, but it looked more like the Hulk Hogan variety than the kind that leads to varsity letters and the Olympics.

Caleb Konley
Caleb Konley remembers Vicky for her willingness to help other students at the wrestling school

“We have found nearly every student initially comes in here with a character already in mind,” states the website of the school, now known as Rings Pro Wrestling Training School. “However once they make it past training and begin their careers they almost always find their way into a new character that works better for them.”

Whatever the case, Vicky was obviously having a good time and looking strong.

Dedicated to the art. She clearly had come a long way in her physical rehabilitation since 2001. The match took place around 2005 when Vicky would have been about 28 years old.

“She was a sweet person,” wrestler Caleb Konley told me during a phone interview on Aug. 17. “I learned pretty early on what happened [with the car accident]. It was an incredible story.”

Vicky was already a student at the school when Konley moved to Charlotte to train there.

At the time of her match with Daffney Unger, Vicky had a few years of training under her belt, Konley noted.

“She showed up for every practice,” he said. “She lived for it.”

Social media gal. Vicky’s obituary mentioned she was also studying mass media at the Arts Intitute of Charlotte.

Vicky Lyons from a Facebook photo
Vicky Lyons from a Facebook photo

I came across Vicky’s Facebook page, with pictures of her and her friends and posts about current events and fun things like her favorite lip gloss.

Her last update was posted on April 17, 2011. She died on June 9 of that year.

Both Vicky’s parents survived her, according to the obituary. Her father, William Lyons, died three years later, however, at the age of 61.

“Everyone got along with Vicky,” Konley recalled. “She was tough as nails. If you got out of line with her, she’d let you know.”

Vicky Lyons may have started her childhood as a victim of circumstance but, as an adult, she learned how to write her own script.RR

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31 thoughts on “Vicky Lyons: An Epilogue”

  1. I googled Vicky Lyons and a news article said a woman named Victoria Lyons died in a car accident. It was strange cause another article said she passed awsy from microcardiac. The woman in the car crash passed in the same year that Miss Lyons, 2011. Do you know if this could be the same Vicky Lyons that was featured in the forensic episode?

    1. Thanks for writing in, Mary!

      I’m pretty sure it’s a different Vicky Lyons who died in a car crash or had a heart problem. The Vicky Lyons of “Forensic Files” fame was found dead in her hotel room by her best friend.

    2. No not the same, sadly died of a brain clot in her sleep, due to severe injuries received as a child when run over by a car.

  2. Thanks for the information. I’ve probably seen this same episode 10 times and I watch “Forensic Files” reruns quite often. I’ve searched for info about Vicky’s death and didn’t have a clear picture until now. Nice sleuthing!

  3. Like Julie above, I have watched the Vicki Lyons “Forensic Files” episode at least 10 times! Tonight is the first time I’ve ever looked into the circumstances of her passing. All the research that people have done is so remarkable.

    What I am wondering is how Adam above knows about the specific cause of death. Given the tragic childhood accident she endured followed by her eventual involvement with wrestling, a cerebral aneurysm seems very possible. (I work in health care & have some familiarity with this kind of stuff.)

    Not that I’m doubting Adam at all. Was just curious what the source of his information was.

    1. Thanks for writing in, Dawn! I’ve never been able to find out anything about what happened to Crystal Lyons, although someone mentioned that Vicky ended up being closer to her father.

  4. I love this! They should add your epilogue to the end of the Forensic Files episode. I was stunned by the short tagline about her youthful death, hated thinking her quality of life was taken with her innocence in that horrific hit-and-run. It wasn’t! Vicky wasn’t just a victim, she was a fighter —- in every way!

    1. Everyone should check out her twitter page. Her last post was the day she died. It read….

      Vicky Lyons @hellfirehottie
      Jun 9, 2011

      I’m so excited…cuz after I take my final in school I’m off to Alaska see my baby’s baby girl.

      Very sad she never it was coming.

  5. I can’t say how much that moved me. I googled the events to hopefully at least have the chance to say hi to a beautiful wonderful girl, utmost condolences and respect.
    Regards, Miles

    1. So nice to hear from a reader from Argentina! There are a few theories about what happened to Crystal Lyons — but none confirmed, and there aren’t any media reports about her.

  6. While it is very sad that Vicky passed away, I am glad to have some of my questions answered about her, from this article and comments. I love Forensic Files and this episode touched me. I have a young daughter and would do anything I could to solve any crime she might experience. It’s just so sad that Vicky died so young.

  7. I just watched this episode just now and saw at the very end that she had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. So I googled which lead me to your post. Thank you for looking into what happened. It bothered me she died after her fight back to better health after she got run over. I’m not surprised she had an aneurysm. I’m just wondering if wrestling was also a cause for the blood clot. Regardless, she’s in peace, lived more than most, and glad she lived doing things she loved.

  8. Its nice to see that Vicky had such an extraordinary wonderful life after such a rough patch after being hit by the truck. I am just curious if her Mom finished her schooling ?

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