More sad news in the music community today, as three members of Ohio hard rock band CounterFlux – Devin Bachmann, 26, Earl Miller II, 27, and Kyle Canter, 23 – have been killed in an auto accident, local news outlet WHIO have reported.
Travelling with their friend Vashti Nicole Brown, all four were reportedly killed when their SUV was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong way down Dayton’s Interstate 75 in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The driver of the other vehicle, 61-year-old James Pohlabeln, was also killed in the incident.
Aleks Clayborn, the band’s bassist took to the band’s Facebook page to confirm the tragic the news, writing that:
“I’m sure most of you have heard by now, but for those of you who haven’t, we lost Earl, Kyle and Devin early this morning,” he wrote. “There’s nothing worse than losing friends, family or otherwise. These guys became like brothers to [drummer] Matt [Dennedy] and myself. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, no parent should ever have to go through this, ever.
“These guys loved you, the fans, the friends, the family. And to honor them Matt and I have decided to finish the Album we started together. It will be a last Hoorah and one of the best things we can think of to honor our lost brothers.
“Please when you’re out at the bar, whether you’re playing a show, checking out a show or what have you, take a designated driver if you plan to drink, or call a cab. Your actions and choices affect more than just you and though a totaled car can be replaced a life cannot.”
The news was made all the more tragic by the revelation that Pohlabeln had only been released from jail days before after serving time for a DUI related crash. Police have said they suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident.
WHIO also reported that police received an emergency call around 3am on Saturday complaining that a car — later confirmed to be Pohlabeln’s — was driving the wrong way on I-75, with 9-1-1 dispatchers soon receiving the fateful call reporting the crash.
Chris Dues,one of the first people on the scene described it as “horrific”.
“There was no front end on either of the vehicles” he said. “There was an alternator 10 feet from the car, just sitting out in the road.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life, and I can go the rest of my life without seeing it again, unless I can save someone next time,” Dues said.
A memorial concert is being organised for those who lost their lives in the accident, with all proceeds being donated to the families of the victims.
This comes following news earlier today of another auto incident that saw all four members of UK indie band Viola Beach and their manager perish when their car crashed off a bridge in Sweden.