On Friday (April 19), bass player for the rock band 3 Doors Down Robert Todd Harell was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after being involved in a car accident that took the life of Paul Shoulders Jr. Police say Harrell was speeding when his car clipped a pickup truck on a Tennessee highway, sending it down an embankment.
When police arrived, they say Harrell showed signs of impairment and “acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax.” Police noted that in addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Harrell would also be charged with bringing controlled substances into a jail, after a bag with prescription medication was found in his sock.
Following the accident, the members of 3 Doors Down made a statement on their website, saying they were saddened by the loss of Shoulders. Monday (April 22), the band released a second statement, reading, “Out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family, 3 Doors Down has cancelled the band’s four scheduled U.S. April/May appearances. They will resume touring May 31 in Moscow, and return to the U.S. for scheduled dates in July.”
The band will next perform in the United States on July 5 in Maryland. Harrell is due to make his first court appearance Thursday (April 25).