24-year-old man died in accident
Former A Day to Remember bassist Joshua Woodard was involved in a fatal car accident in 2017, it has been reported.
The musician announced his departure from the Florida band last week (October 13) after sexual harassment and misconduct allegations surfaced again last year. He has denied all the allegations.
sharing the news, metal sucks noted that Woodard was involved in a road accident four years earlier in which the driver of another vehicle was killed. The story was only reported locally at the time, however. loudwire has now shared more details “based on public records and court documents”.
The outlet wrote that Woodard was never arrested and served no jail time for the role he played in the accident.
The report claimed that Woodard was traveling east on Okeechobee Boulevard in Palm Beach County, Florida, on May 11, 2017 when he “suddenly and unexpectedly crossed three lanes of traffic”.
He crashed head-on into the driver’s side of Bryant González Ortiz’s car, which suffered a “massive blunt force trauma”. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue declared 24-year-old Gonzalez dead on the spot.
The official report cites an eyewitness whose minivan was nearly hit by Woodard after the musician swerved to the right in his Tesla. Woodward then hit Gonzalez’s Honda Civic.
Woodard went on a European tour with A Day to Remember on June 8, 2017. On 30 October of the same year, his lawyer pleaded not guilty to the breaches related to the accident.
As loudwire Note, in Florida any person cited for a violation in an accident that causes death or “serious bodily injury” must appear in court. However, a court note (dated 30 October) determined that the “criminal allegation” [were] No warrant”.
Woodard only faced a traffic violation. He was found guilty of reckless driving on December 6, 2017 and lost his license for 12 months. The musician was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $106 in mandatory court expenses. He paid both the fines in January 2018.
González’s father, Fernando González, filed a wrongful death complaint in May 2019, seeking further compensation at a cost of more than $15,000. Fernando voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice in April 2020.
Announcing his departure from A Day to Remember last week, Joshua Woodard wrote: “I applaud those who have supported me and defended my name against spreading lies, and I for those Sorry to those who have been negatively affected by them.
“This decision is the furthest thing I want, but unfortunately it is the best. Being a member of ADTR has been the greatest honor and I am extremely grateful for the last 18 years.