Colin Michael Mulhern, vocalist of Colorado rock band IF I FAIL, has died following an automobile incident with a suspected drunk driver.
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, FOX 40 reports.
According to the California Highway Patrol, alcohol and drugs were found in the driver’s car. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was not injured in the incident. They have not released her name.
The six other passengers, who were part of a tour for Denver-based band SHORT FUSE 59, were hospitalized. One of them, drummer Patrick Carney, was critically hurt and is now in a coma. IF I FAIL released a statement on Mulhern‘s passing, which included a GoFundMe for Carney‘s medical expenses.
“We would like to thank everyone that has reached out to us during this difficult time. We are absolutely devastated of the loss of our brother and vocalist Colin Michael. The whole situation has left us speechless. He will be greatly missed by a countless amount of lives that he has touched.
“Please keep your thoughts with our brothers in SHORT FUSE 59. There will be a gofundme link in the comments for Patrick Carney who is still recovering in the hospital.
“If anyone wants to share memories of Colin please do so in the comments. We would love to hear your stories how Colin has impacted your life.
“We had just finished recording our new EP and we want everyone to hear it as soon as possible. All Colin ever wanted was people to listen and sing his lyrics back to him. We are aiming to release it this Friday, August 31st. Titled “The Author of all your Pain”
“Thank you for your continuous support. We love you Colin.”