Robert Todd Harrell was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving at a high rate of speed when his car hit another car, killing its occupant. Harrell is the bass player for the rock band 3 Doors Down, who recently performed in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in the deadly car crash.
The accident took place on Friday, April 19, on Interstate 40 in Nashville, Tennessee. Harrell's car hit a pickup truck, sending it into a guardrail and down an embankment before overturning. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died from his injuries.
Police say Harrell was visibly impaired after the accident and admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs. A search during his booking turned up a bag containing Oxycodone, Xanax, and Oxymorphone pills hidden inside his sock. As a result, he was also charged with bringing controlled substances into jail.
Drunk driving accidents like this one are not uncommon in Florida. When a driver is found to have been under the influence when causing a deadly accident, additional charges could be filed and that person might also be held liable for the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
The band released a statement expressing sympathy for the victim's family. Surviving family members of deceased accident victims can be left with a lot of questions. Some families find it helpful to have a lawyer explain their rights in these situations. In cases where family members are left to deal with final medical expenses and funeral expenses, there might be a possibility of receiving compensation to help alleviate the financial burden associated with a deadly accident.
Source: NBC 6 Miami, "3 Doors Down Member Charged in Fatal Crash", April 21, 2013