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Nashville musician causes fatal motor vehicle accident

Nashville has a legendary music history, not to mention a new television drama on that very subject. When Tennessee readers think of the city's musical legacy, the Grand Ole Opry may come first to mind. Yet the city also has a thriving scene for other music genres, as fans of the rock band 3 Doors Down might attest.

However, the late nights and smaller bar venues of some up-and-coming rock bands might invite poor choices when it comes to drinking and driving. The bassist for 3 Doors Down recently found himself in this predicament.

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the musician was driving at a possibly unsafe speed on Interstate 40 in the late hours of a recent Friday night when he grazed a pickup truck. The impact from the accident caused the truck to crash and overturn in an embankment, killing its 47-year-old driver.

The police responding to the scene report that the musician did not perform well in field sobriety tests. When questioned, the musician also admitted to being under the influence of hard cider, as well as being on prescription medication.

Nashville drivers should be able to enjoy the city's nightlife without fearing for their safety on the city's roads and highways. Drunk drivers are almost always too impaired to drive safely, which puts everyone else on the road at risk. Fortunately, that negligence does not go unpunished. In addition to criminal liabilities, the surviving family of the truck driver may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the musician.

Source: usnews.nbcnews.com, "3 Doors Down bassist charged in fatal crash in Tennessee," Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Cooney, April 21, 2013

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