3 Doors Down Bassist Charged with Homicide in Fatal Crash

[caption id="attachment_1856" align="alignleft" width="300"]Oklahoma auto accident attorney Image Credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department[/caption] Robert Todd Harrell, bassist for the award-winning rock group 3 Doors Down, was charged with vehicular homicide last week after a rollover accident that claimed the life of another man. According to police reports, Harrell was driving a Cadillac CTS luxury coupe at a high rate of speed along I-40 in Nashville, when he clipped a pickup truck, causing the driver of the truck to lose control of his vehicle. The pickup struck a guardrail, went down an embankment, and overturned, ejecting the 47-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the pickup truck died of his injuries shortly after arrival at a nearby hospital. Police say Harrell admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs prior to the crash. Allegedly, he admitted to drinking hard cider and taking both Xanax and Lortab. Xanax (alprazolam) is a commonly abused anti-anxiety medication, and Lortab (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) is a frequently abused painkiller. When he was taken to jail, police reports indicate, booking officers found 8 Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills, and 4 Oxymorphone pills in a plastic bag hidden in his sock. Harrell was held on $100,000 bond. The bassist has a prior DUI arrest from July 2012. In that case, he failed to stop at an intersection and collided with another vehicle. The band 3 Doors Down formed in the 1990s and is perhaps best known for their song "Kryptonite." The Grammy-nominated band has won multiple Billboard Music Awards, including New Group of the Year (2000) and Duo or Group Artist of the Year (2003). The band issued a statement about the accident, saying, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of [the victim]. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time." Under Oklahoma law, a person who causes a fatal accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be charged with felony manslaughter. If the defendant has a prior DUI conviction before causing the accident, he or she may be charged with second degree murder. For victims of DUI accidents, the criminal conviction of the driver who caused the accident may not be enough. Although a conviction brings legal penalties and serves a punitive purpose, accident victims are often left with tremendous medical bills, pain, and suffering as a result of the accident. The family of a person killed in a fatal DUI auto accident may face significant financial difficulty with the funeral expenses and lost income of their deceased loved one. In these cases, a wrongful death lawyer or personal injury attorney may be able to help victims obtain compensation for their injuries and losses through a civil lawsuit.