SACRAMENTO COUNTY — One person is dead and six people were injured after an SUV rear-ended a passenger van towing a trailer early Monday morning in south Sacramento County.
The California Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 2:40 a.m. along northbound Interstate 5 at Lambert Road.
The van lost control and overturned in the center median after it was rear-ended. Investigators say the van was towing a trailer full of musical equipment.
One man, later identified as Colin Michael, was killed.
The woman, who investigators say rear-ended the trailer, was not injured. Drugs and alcohol were found in the car, the CHP said, and the woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Michael and his band, If I Fail, had a message and fans and Michael had a lot of people who loved him.
“Absolutely, there was definitely some comfort in knowing that he was on the road supporting his friends, doing something that he loved to do,” said Ben Weir, who is in the band Tonight We Rise. “But you can never get over a loss like that though.”
Early Monday morning, 30-year-old Michael, whose real last name was Mulhern, was killed in the I-5 crash. Michael had gone on the road with another Denver-area band to help them on a tour.
“He is just one of those guys who supports everybody,” Weir said.
Weir is also part of the Denver music scene and now lives in Sacramento. He’s played concerts with Michael and is a fan and a friend.
“The fact that it is a drunk driver that hit them really just killed me because there’s no reason to drive drunk,” Weir told FOX40.
The six other passengers, who were part of a tour for Denver-based band Short Fuse 59, were hospitalized. One of them, Patrick Carney, was critically hurt and is now in a coma. A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for his medical expenses.
“I really, really hope Patrick pulls through,” Weir said.
Weir says as heartbreaking as the story is it’s all too common for working musicians.
“You’re always at risk because literally most of the job of being in a band is driving to your shows if you’re a touring musician,” Weir said. “Like that’s one of the biggest parts is you live in that van.”
Monday night, he said he is crestfallen and conflicted by the coincidence that this accident would happen so close to his new home.