Dropkick Murphys bus involved in fatal traffic accident
The Dropkick Murphys canceled a Sunday night show after the band’s tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian just north of Austin, Texas, the band wrote on social media Sunday.
According to a post on the band’s Facebook page, the Dropkick Murphys were en route to Dallas when a pedestrian “suddenly ran onto the highway” and was hit by the tour bus.
The band said that the pedestrian was killed and that local police were looking into whether the incident was a suicide.
A spokeswoman for the Round Rock, Texas, police department, Angelique Myers, said they received a call alerting them to the incident shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
Police identified the victim only as a “white man.” They are expected to release more information on the victim on Monday.
Ken Casey, bassist for the band, confirmed on the phone that the incident had taken place but declined to comment further until police notified the family of the man killed in the crash.
“The band is pretty shaken up and don’t want to talk about the situation, especially since they don’t even know if the family has been notified yet,” Dropkick Murphys band manager Jeff Castelaz said in an e-mail Sunday night.
The band had played a show Saturday night in San Antonio and were heading to Tulsa, Okla., via Dallas.
Following the accident, the band canceled its next show at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. The show had been scheduled for Sunday night.
“As much as it pains us to miss a show and we truly apologize for it, we’d like to stop and acknowledge that a man has lost his life. Please keep him and any family he might have in your prayers,” the band’s Facebook post said, along with the announcement of the cancellation.
According to Castelaz, the Dropkick Murphys are planning to leave the country on Monday to complete the next leg of their tour with shows scheduled in Mexico and South America. The band is still expected to continue their tour with a performance in Mexico City later this week.