Todd Harrell, 3 Doors Down Bassist, Charged in Fatal Car Crash

Celebrity News Apr. 21, 2013 AT 2:30PM
Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is being charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal car crash in Nashville. Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is being charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal car crash in Nashville. Credit: Lisa Lake/WireImage

Police have charged 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell with vehicular homicide following a fatal car accident on Friday, April 19, in Nashville, Tenn., CNN reports. Officers said the musician was speeding along the interstate when his car clipped a pickup truck, sending it into a guardrail and then down an embankment, where it flipped over.

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The driver of the truck, Paul Howard Shoulders, was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle during the crash. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Harrell, 41, reportedly showed signs of impairment when he underwent a field sobriety test. Police said he acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax; they also discovered Oxycodone and Oxymorphone pills in his sock when he was booked at a local station.

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According to the Associated Press, Harrell was being held in custody on Sunday in lieu of $100,000 bond. He faces a court appearance later this week.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr.," the band said in a statement on its website. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."

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