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OTRC: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell charged in fatal DUI accident

Bassist Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down was involved in a fatal DUI crash on April 19.

Harrell, who is one of the band's founding members, was arrested after allegedly causing a fatal crash while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to The Tennessean.

UPDATE: Harrell was been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication. The band canceled four dates "out of respect" to the victim.

The 41-year-old musician was reportedly drunk and speeding on Interstate 40 in Nashville, Tennessee. when his Cadillac clipped a pickup truck that was being driven by Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., 47, causing it to veer out of control.

The Ford F-150 hit a guardrail, flew down an embankment and then flipped over, according to the outlet. Police said that the driver of the truck, Shoulders, was thrown from the truck and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The band, who is known for songs such as "Kryptonite" and "Here Without You," issued a statement on their official website, which reads: "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 say they caught up with Harrell about a quarter-mile down the road, where he hit a retaining wall, according to the outlet. The newspaper claims that Harrell failed a sobriety test and admitted to drinking hard cider and taking the prescription painkiller Lortab and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax prior to operating his vehicle.

Upon being searched in the booking room, Davidson County Sheriff's deputies discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained multiple Xanax pills, Oxycodine pills and Oxymorphone pills. Harrell, who is now charged with bringing controlled substances into jail, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The band, which was founded in 1996, is set to perform an all-acoustic set on May 4 at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. They also have a greatest hits world tour planned to commence in July.

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