Ex 3 Doors Down Bassist Sentenced To Jail For Causing Fatal Accident While Driving Under The Influence

Todd Harrell

After a four-hour hearing on Friday, former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was given a two-year prison sentence for convictions related to a fatal crash on April 19, 2013.

He also faces a six year probation period after his sentence.

To catch you up, Harrell clipped a truck with his car speeding over 100 mph in Nashville, Tennessee, causing the other man’s vehicle to strike a guardrail and flip over in an embankment. The driver — Paul Shoulders, Jr. — was not wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after. Police found alprazolam and oxycodone in Harrell’s system that night and 36 other pills in his sock.


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During her testimony, the sister of the victim Tina Baltz said:

“The 3 o’clock knock on the door April 20th was the biggest nightmare. And I keep hoping I’ll wake up from this and he’ll be here.”

Baltz continued by saying she was disappointed this tragic accident wasn’t a wake up call for Harrell.

After the crash, the former musician ended up in the news again when he was charged with yet another DUI — which cost him his membership from 3 Doors Down.

She shared:

“I hoped after the first time maybe this would wake him up. He has an addiction.”

The 43-year-old rocker apologized to a very emotional Shoulders’ family as he described his addiction that began as a child after a football injury and then later again after surgery on his knees. It wasn’t until 2009 he realized he had a problem.

Harrell — who has been to rehab four times — shared that he never wants to use narcotics again, even if he has surgery.

We would certainly hope not.

He’s set to begin his sentence three days after Christmas.

[Image via Nashville Police Department.]

Dec 21, 2015 1:21pm PDT

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