Robert Todd Harrell, bassist for 3 Doors Down has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after being involved in an accident that caused the death of another person.
A police statement released said that Harrell had been driving at a high rate of speed in a Nashville suburb when he clipped a pick-up truck driven by the victim, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr. The pickup then went out of control, struck a guardrail, went down an embankment and overturned. At the time, Shoulders was not wearing his seat belt which resulted in him being ejected from the truck.
Harrell’s car hit a retaining wall and stopped about a quarter-mile away from the crash site. When police arrived on the scene, they noted that he showed signs of impairment when he underwent field sobriety tasks and even acknowledged that he had consumed hard cider and had taken prescription Lortab and Xanax.
Once taken into jail, he was also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail when it was discovered that he had a plastic bag concealed in his sock with eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills during a search at the booking room.
While Harrell is still holed up in the Nashville jail despite a $100,000 bond, his band released the following statement on their website: ““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.”