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3 Doors Down bassist charged with vehicular manslaughter

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Todd Harrell
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3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after he was involved in a deadly crash that killed the driver of a pickup truck in Nashville last Friday.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said that Harrell was speeding on a local highway when he clipped the truck, which then fell down an embankment and overturned, Reuters reports. The driver, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., was ejected from the truck and did not survive the crash.

Harrell, who police believe to have been intoxicated, showed signs of impairment and was charged early Saturday morning.

“He acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax,” the police said. Authorities also found a plastic bag filled with eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills, and four Oxymorphone pills hidden in his sock when he was brought in for booking.

3 Doors Down, a platinum-selling rock band likely most known for their early-2000s hits “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone,” addressed the news in a short statement issued on their official site:  “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.”

As MTV notes, Harrell was previously arrested last July on a DUI charge when he failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a pickup truck in Mississippi.

UPDATE: Through their publicist, 3 Doors Down has released the following statement: “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.”

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