On Friday, July 14, Adrenaline Mob was in the process of fixing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 75 southbound in Florida when they were struck by a tractor trailer. Unfortunately the accident killed 38 year old bassist for the band David "David Z." Zablidowsky, as confirmed by his brother Paul, ex-drummer Mike Portnoy, and ex-bassist John Moyer.
Now the Florida Highway Patrol has released the identities and conditions of those involved in the crash, according to Gainesville.com.
- Robert Edwin Haines, 59 of Largo, driver of the 2014 semi, who was not injured.
- Jason McCole, 41 of Wilksbarre, Pa., driver of the RV, who was seriously injured.
- Russell Allen, 38, singer of Adrenaline Mob, of New Jersey, who was seriously injured.
- Janet Revis, 48, Adrenaline Mob's tour manager, of Pitts Pond, Pa., who was critically injured, who was seriously injured;
- Dale Campiglia, 51 of Levittown, N.Y., who was seriously injured;
- Robert Dressler, 45 of Plaines, Pa., who was seriously injured;
- The driver of a 2003 GMC Sierra, Jordan Cannata, 27, Adrenaline Mob drummer, of West Babylon, N.Y., who was seriously injured.
- The lone passenger in the GMC, Mike Orlando, 46, Adrenaline Mob guitarist, of Staten Island, N.Y., who seriously injured.
David Zablidowsky was not identified in the original story, but was identified after its publication by his brother Paul. The story also reveals the details of the accident.
[Robert Edwin Haines] declined comment to a reporter. The driver was traveling from Atlanta to Orlando and was hauling cooking oil, troopers said. The side of the truck said Twiss Transport, Inc., Largo.
The FHP was still investigating late Friday night. Troopers believe the RV was traveling southbound on I-75 near Mile Marker 372. The GMC was traveling with the RV and both vehicles stopped on the shoulder. The semi collided with the vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder and the RV caught fire where the passenger died. The RV and the GMC were traveling together. The RV had a flat tire, so both vehicles pulled off the highway. The trailer that was being towed by the van was hauling musical equipment.
Marion County Fire Rescue officials said they arrived at 12:38 p.m. The fire was under control at 12:54 p.m. Firefighters from multiple fire stations throughout the county went to the location. Fire officials said a group of registered nurses from Shands stopped at the scene and provide aid to the victims.
Dressler, one of the people who had been riding in the RV, said he is the sound man for Adrenaline Mob, which was en route from Biloxi, Mississippi, to St. Petersburg, where it was scheduled to perform Friday night at the State Theater. Dressler said he heard a “boom” when the truck hit the RV. He was in a bunk at the time.
The deceased was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m. Among the injured were band members. A spokesperson for the band declined comment when reached by the Star-Banner on Friday.
We wish Zablidowsky's family peace at this time, and a speedy recovery to everyone involved in the accident.