3 Doors Down bassist charged with vehicular homicide - WKRN News 2

3 Doors Down bassist charged with vehicular homicide

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A crash late Friday night on Interstate 40 near Hermitage claimed the life of a Nashville man.

The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Paul Shoulders, Jr.

Fatal crash investigators have charged Todd Harrell, 41, with vehicular homicide by intoxication for the accident that took place Friday night on I-40.

Harrell is the bassist for the popular music group 3 Doors Down.

On the band's Web site they posted, "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."

Police said Harrell, of Mt. Juliet, was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS westbound on I-40 at a high rate of speed when the car clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by Shoulders.

The pickup truck went out of control, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment and overturned.

Shoulders was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his truck. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Harrell showed indicators of impairment while performing field sobriety tests.

He acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax.

Harrell was also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail.

During a search at the booking room, Davidson County sheriff's deputies discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills.

Harrell is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.
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