U.K. Band Her's Killed in Car Crash on Their Way to a Gig in California
Both members of the indie band Her's died in a car accident on Wednesday, along with their tour manager
Both members of a United Kingdom-based indie band, along with their tour manager, were killed in a car crash in Arizona, PEOPLE can confirm.
The Liverpool duo Her’s, made up of Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, and Audun Laading, 25, died along with tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson, 37, on Wednesday, the band’s record label said on Facebook. According to the band’s Facebook page, they had played a show in Phoenix on Tuesday, and were driving to Santa Ana, California, for a Wednesday show.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed that a car crash took place on Interstate 10 around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, when a pickup truck collided with a van, killing four people — the three people in the van, and the driver of the pickup truck, a 63-year-old male from Murrieta, California.
“On March 27, 2019, just after 1 a.m., a wrong-way driver was reported eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 from milepost 64,” the Arizona Department of Public Safety told PEOPLE. “DPS and La Paz County Sheriff’s Department responded. A short time later, a Nissan pickup collided head-on with a 15 passenger Ford van in the left lane of westbound I-10 at milepost 67.8. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames.”
Authorities found no evidence to indicate that either vehicle had used their brakes prior to impact. However, “An alcoholic beverage container was located in the debris field. The driver of the Nissan, and all three occupants in the Ford van are deceased.”
“Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label,” the record label’s Facebook post read. “As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience. To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers.”
“Musically, Her’s were astonishing,” the post continued. “An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish. They were in America playing to thousands of adoring fans… The world was at their feet. Everyone here at the label is overwhelmed and distraught. We have lost our friends and the world has been denied their talent.”