Robert Todd Harrell, bassist for the rock band 3 Doors Down was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after a car crash he was in killed another motorist in a Nashville suburb Friday night.
Authorities held the 41-year-old musician in jail past Sunday in connection with the deadly Interstate 40 vehicle collision that killed 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr.
Metropolitan Nashville officials told reporters that a preliminary investigation of the collision showed that the bassists was heading west at a high rate of speed in Hermitage when he lost control of the car he was driving and clipped a truck that was being operated by Shoulders.
Furthermore, the report stated that the pickup driver lost control of his truck and smashed against a guardrail, which then caused the vehicle to fall down an embankment and land overturned. Harrell’s car was travelling so fast that it hit a retaining wall and stopped about a quarter mile away from the scene.
When authorities arrived on the scene they asked Harrell to undergo a field sobriety test and he showed signs of impairment and was arrested. During the examination, he acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab” and Xanax, per authorities.
Paramedics found that Shoulder was not wearing a seatbelt while in the truck. He was ejected when the vehicle overturned in the crash. Emergency respondents rushed Shoulder to a Nashville hospital where he was declared dead.
Additionally, the bassist of Mt. Juliet was charged for bringing controlled substances into the jail. During the search in the booking room, sheriff’s deputies discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills.
As of Sunday Harrell remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bond, per an anonymous official’s statement. Per the official, Harrell was not available and jail records didn’t indicate whether he had an attorney.
On Thursday, Harrell will have a court appearance.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time,” said a statement released on the 3 Doors Down website. There were no further details available on their website regarding the deadly car accident with bassist Harrell.
Also, there was no further information available or to be released to reporters per the Metropolitan Nashville Police. County sheriff’s office said they had no information on the case either.