Three band members and their friend were killed in a car crash after a drunk driver sped the wrong way up the I-75 North.
Kyle Canter, 23, Earl Miller II, 27, Devin Bachmann, 26, and their friend Vashti Nicole Brown, 29, all died instantly in the head-on collision in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday at 3am that sent their SUV flipping upside-down.
The other car’s driver, 61-year-old James Pohlabeln, was also killed in the crash – just 33 hours after he was released from a DUI arrest. Police believe he was under the influence when he died.
The male victims, Kyle, Earl and Devin, were all members of a local band CoutnerFlux, that enjoyed success on the local hard rock scene in Ohio.
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Tragic: Kyle Canter, 23, (right) Earl Miller II, 27, (left) and Devin Bachmann, 26, (center) of the hard rock band CounterFlux all died instantly in the head-on collision in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday at 3am
Their friend Vashti Nicole Brown, 29, (left) also died in the crash after James Pohlabeln, 61, (right) drove the wrong way up the I-75 North and slammed his white sedan into their SUV, sending it flipping upside-down
Guitarist Kyle (far left), guitarist Earl (center), and singer Devin (far right) are pictured here with their CounterFlux bandmates drummer Matt Dennedy (second left) and bassist Aleks Clayborn (second right)
On Sunday, relatives and friends described the last 36 hours as ‘a living nightmare’ and paid tribute to Kyle, Earl, Devin and Vashti.
The bassist of their band, Aleks Clayborn, wrote on their Facebook group: ‘There’s nothing worse than losing friends, family or otherwise. These guys became like brothers to Matt [another band member] and myself.
‘Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, no parent should ever have to go through this, ever.’
Devin’s father Scott Bachmann wrote on the group: ‘This isn’t a joke or a prank. I’ve lost my boy. But he at least got to do what he loved.’
The horrific crash came two days after Pohlabeln ‘lost control and collided’ with a parked car, WHIO reported.
He declined to take a breath test and was booked on an OVI, Ohio’s equivalent of a DUI, but released soon after.
According to WHIO, Pohlabeln was retired and living off his investment savings in a house he bought from his parents in the 1970s.
Tragedy: Police revealed Pohlaben was arrested for a DUI days before the crash (pictured) on Saturday
Wreck: The SUV was flipped onto its roof by the sedan. All five victims were pronounced dead at the scene
Police were alerted to the Pohlabeln’s reckless driving minutes earlier, by a motorist on the Ohio 4 who called 911.
In the call, a shaken-sounding man can be heard telling a 911 operator: ‘There is a white, four-door sedan driving the wrong way… it was coming right at me, I just pulled over to the side to get out of the way.’
He could not read the license plate at the time.
Minutes later, Pohlabeln crashed into the SUV carrying Kyle, Earl, Devin and Vashti.