Veteran new-wave singer Gary Numan was left “utterly devastated” following a fatal accident involving his tour bus in Cleveland, Ohio, which killed an elderly pedestrian. The bus was making a right turn when it hit a 91-year-old man, who was pushing a cart through the pedestrian crossing close to the House of Blues venue where the star was due to perform.
The unnamed victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and Gary Numan cancelled his show following the horrible incident.
“Everyone of us is filled with a sadness that made it impossible to even consider playing our show tonight,” he posted to Twitter. Out of respect, it would have been entirely wrong.
“At the moment, all we can think about are the people affected by this terrible tragedy and to them we send all our love.”
“I’m sure you can understand why we cancelled and I apologise to the House of Blues and to the fans for any difficulties or disappointments this decision may have caused.”
“All tickets will be honoured at the point of purchase. At the moment all we can think about are the people affected by this terrible tragedy and to them we send all our love.”
We are all utterly devastated by the fatal accident involving our tour bus in Cleveland earlier today. Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/dpzPOgJyCp
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) September 24, 2018
According to The Blast, witnesses claim a priest from a nearby church arrived at the scene of the accident and administered last rites to the victim. The driver of the bus was not arrested, and police said he did not show any signs of being impaired. The incident is currently being investigated and detectives will be examining the evidence to determine exactly what happened, and how a 91-year old man pushing a cart down a pedestrian crossing was killed.
Coach company Coast to Coast also released a statement to local news channel WKYC, confirming they had rented the bus for Gary Numan’s tour.
“We really regret the loss of life,” the statement read. “We’ve notified our carrier, and they are investigating this incident. In our 34 years of business, this has never happened.”
It is unclear whether Gary Numan was on the tour bus at the time of the accident, but it isn’t the first tour bus that has crashed during the music veterans long running career. Not long ago, in 2011, his bus was involved in a similar incident during a UK tour, but there were no serious injuries reported at the time. Seemingly, Gary Numan has some bad luck “in cars”, or shall we say, on tour buses.
However, in this case, we commend that he cancelled his show out of respect for the victim. Rest in peace. As for the show, hopefully another date will be set for Gary Numan to perform in the Cleveland, Ohio, in the near future.
Story by Emily Clark
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