SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — A musician from Centennial was killed when an SUV rear-ended a passenger van towing a trailer in Northern California early Monday morning.
The crash happened on Interstate 5 in Sacramento County about 2:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
The van lost control and overturned in the center median after it was hit. The van was towing a trailer full of musical equipment.
Colin Mulhern of Centennial was pronounced dead.
The woman who investigators say rear-ended the trailer was not injured. Drugs and alcohol were found in the car, officials said. The woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Mulhern and his band, If I Fail, had a message and fans and Mulhern had a lot of people who loved him, FOX40 reported.
“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.”
Mulhern 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 lives in Sacramento. He has played concerts with Mulhern 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 in a coma. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for his medical expenses.
“I really, really hope Patrick pulls through,” Weir said.
CHP says alcohol was involved in the accident. Female driver of the white SUV was arrested for DUI. Sgt tells me the woman was belligerent. She struck the back of the trailer the van was towing, causing the van carrying seven people to swerve and eventually overturn @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/aaohJRlmn2
— Pedro Rivera (@PedroRiveraTV) August 27, 2018