Former Hessler Vocalist Recovering From Fatal Automobile Accident

Former Hessler Vocalist Recovering From Fatal Automobile Accident

April 6, 2015

Three people died Monday and eight others were injured when a van carrying members of two heavy metal bands wrecked in northeast Georgia, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Members of the Atlanta-based band Khaotika, featuring former Hessler vocalist Lariyah Daniels, and the Huntsville, Alabama-based Wormreich were in the 15-passenger van. The wreck happened about 7 a.m. on I-85 southbound near Maysville Road in Jackson County, about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta. Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith said the driver of the van “apparently fell asleep and allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway, at which time the vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side.”

Three of the van’s 12 occupants were ejected, Smith said. He said there were three fatalities on the scene. Eight other people were taken to Athens Regional Hospital and Northeast Georgia Medical Center, three in critical condition. The driver of the van was uninjured, according to a GSP spokeswoman.

Daniels’ husband Rick Hayes shared some positive news among the tragic events, stating, “Lariyah’s out of surgery and in recovery, docs said it went well.” In February of this year Daniels gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Lilith Ama.

All of those in the van “appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s,” Smith said. “The gentlemen are from all over, from Virginia to North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, from all different states.” He said they were members of two different bands that were traveling together in the van, which was pulling a trailer with the musicians’ equipment.

Smith said one of the bands was Wormreich, which performed Sunday night in Spartanburg, S.C., and had a show scheduled for Monday night at The Basement in East Atlanta Village. Smith did not know the name of the other band, but Channel 2 Action News is reporting that it is Khaotika. Khaotika was also on the short tour with Wormreich that began Friday night in Chicago, with shows in St. Louis on Saturday and Spartanburg on Sunday before wrapping up Monday night in Atlanta.

Another band on the tour, Kult Ov Azazel, posted a message on Facebook late Monday morning that read, “Unfortunately, tonight’s show in Atlanta will be canceled. The van carrying Wormreich and Khaotika was in a horrible accident this morning… Our thoughts are with those involved and their families.”

According to Khaotika’s Facebook page, band members are Lariyah Hayes, Sergio Quesada, James Barile, Matt Shaner and Nicholas Crisostomo.

Authorities have not released the names of those killed and injured in the crash.

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