Tap To Call: 727-451-6900

Drunk and Medicated: Pop-Rocker Causes Deadly Car Crash in Nashville

Bass Guitar Player Todd Harrell of the pop rock group “3 Doors Down” made the typical “rock star” mistake of driving while intoxicated this past weekend. Harrell was allegedly driving his car at a high rate of speed on I-40 after consuming a variety of substances on Friday evening, April 19, 2013. While speeding, Harrell’s vehicle made contact with a pickup truck being driven by a forty-seven (47) year old man named Paul Shoulders Jr. The pickup driver lost control and the truck was sent down an embankment. Tragically, the collision ejected Shoulders from the vehicle, costing the driver his life. This is yet another motorcar smashup related to DWI that has resulted in a fatality.

Following the crash, Mr. Harrell was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide. After showing signs of intoxication during a post-collision field sobriety test, Harrell admitted to consuming a combination of hard cider, Lortab, and Xanax before driving. Additionally, the authorities at Nashville’s Metro Jail discovered a plastic bag containing a large number of Oxycodone and Xanax pills in Harrell’s possession while he was in a police booking room and recovered Oxymorphone pills that were stuffed in his sock.

Driving under the influence of intoxicating substances is dangerous and reckless behavior as an impaired driver poses a huge risk of serious injury or death to everyone on the road around them. Further it displays a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of fellow motorists.

Generally, the crime of homicide requires an intent on the part of the killer to cause serious injury or death. However, in the case of vehicular homicide, the person must only manifest the intent to drive. Unfortunately for Mr. Harrell his intent to drive is already established. His open admission to consuming alcohol and prescription drugs prior to operating his automobile will likely net him a conviction.

It will be interesting to see how the court system in Tennessee handles this latest example of a famous individual driving under the influence. It has become commonplace for famous and rich offenders to receive much lighter sentences for alcohol-related crimes. Justice is different for the wealthy For the sake of Paul Shoulders and his family, this blogger hopes that justice is served and that Mr. Harrell’s punishment fits the crime.

Drunk drivers cause thousands of accidents every year. Often the impaired motorist is left without a scratch while the victims end up permanently injured or dead. Most people understand the criminal consequences that someone convicted of vehicular homicide faces. However, the responsibility also extends into the civil realm as well. Victims of negligence involving intoxicated drivers are entitled to recover for their suffering from the offending individual and their insurance carrier. If you or someone close to you is involved in a crash with a drunk driver it is important that you speak with an experienced DUI Victim attorney with a proven track record. Call the personal injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free case consultation and case evaluation.