At Least 3 Dead After Deadly Van Accident Killing Members of Black Metal Bands WORMREICH & KHAOTIKA
Update: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the people who sadly lost their life are Wormreich's Ian A. McKinney (30) & Paul. J. Truesdell (29), and Khaotika's Nicholas R. Crisostomo (25). Our condolences to their friends and family. A GoFundMe has been set up for the families of the victims.
We have some unsettling news this Monday afternoon. WSB in Atlanta reports that at least three people are dead after a deadly crash on Interstate 85 near highway 98 in Atlanta this morning around 7am:
According to Georgia State Patrol, the driver of the passenger van fell asleep, drove down an embankment and struck a tree. Three people were ejected and later died. Three others were in critical condition. A total of eight people were taken to Athens Regional Hospital and Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
While the victims names weren't released, it's believed that members of Wormreich and Khaotika were in the vehicle. The band that was touring with them, Kult ov Azazel, have shared this info on Facebook:
Unfortunately tonight's show in Atlanta, GA will be canceled. The van carrying Wormreich and Khaotika was in a horrible accident this morning. We cannot go into details due to respect to the families of the involved and we are sure details will soon be available through the other parties when the time is right. Our thoughts are with those involved and their families.
Update: A GoFundMe has been created to help aid the families of the deceased musicians. All the money donated will go directly to the families. Here is the link. According to the GoFundMe page, Khaotika vocalist Lariyah Hayes just completed successful surgery and is expecting a full recovery.
Update: The vocalist of Wormreich has issued a statement on the loss of two of its members. You can read that here.
Our deepest sympathies with the friends and families of all involved. We'll keep you posted as more news becomes available. WSB reports charges are pending in this case, and filed a brief video report:
[Thanks for the tip, Tony Lemminger]