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A day after their bassist David “David Z” Zablidowsky was killed, the surviving members of Adrenaline Mob have issued statements on the tragedy, which occurred when the band’s RV was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-75 outside Micanopy, Fla.
According to Blabbermouth, guitarist Mike Orlando, drummer Jordan Cannata, singer Russell Allen and crew member Robert Dressler are “banged up but okay,” although tour manager Janet Rains remains in critical condition.
“I can not begin to thank you all for all the prayers & thoughts,” Orlando wrote. “I’m trying to process & deal with this, physically & mentally… so I’m sorry for being vague. We’ve literally experienced hell on earth.. I’m absolutely broken, both physical & mental. I love you Dave, I will miss you more then words can say. You were one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever known.”
Cannata added, “Hi everyone. I don’t even know where to begin so I will start by saying thank you for all of the love and support from everyone. We are all devastated and will need some time to physically and mentally cope but the outpouring of love has been nothing short of inspiring. David Z…I love you, I miss you, and send my heartfelt condolences to your family and friends. To the rest of my band mates and crew, I love you all. Please keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you everyone. RIP David Z.”
The band was on tour promoting their new record, We the People, their first effort with Zablidowsky and Cannata, when, en route to a gig in St. Petersburg, Fla., their RV and a van carrying their equipment pulled off to the shoulder to deal with a flat tire. A semi veered off the road and collided with the RV. In honoring Zablidowsky, Allen also thanked one of those who helped.
“Yesterday I was involved in an accident that took the life of my dear friend and band mate David Z Rock and left 3 of our crew in critical condition,” he wrote. “I’m overwhelmed with sorrow. I am so grateful for the out pouring of love we have received from around the world. Please continue to pray for David’s family during this difficult time. And those in critical condition.”
He continued, “I want to personally thank Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his bravery in assisting me pull our Driver Jason from the wreckage and for attending to his wounds. And for helping me to secure and attend to Jane once I was able to get her free from the fire. Without his selfless act of courage I would not have been able to get them clear of the RV before it was engulfed in flames. On behalf of my band and crew I thank you.”
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