In November of 1991, Vinny was involved in a serious automobile accident. Paz was told that he would never fight again, and he spent the better part of three months in a hospital bed. Those doctors who told Vinny he would never fight obviously did not know the heart of a true champion. Against doctors orders, and without their knowledge, "The Pazmanian Devil" returned to the gym with a halo on. He began lifting weights, getting back the strength he lost while sitting in bed He finally made his triumphant return to the ring just over a year later capping off an unbelievable recovery.