A Trace Adkins concert in eastern Tennessee turned into hell on wheels this past week when an allegedly intoxicated man drove his SUV through a crowd, killing one person and injuring at least three others.
Saturday May 23, after the country music star had finished his set at an ATV event in Huntsville, TN at Trail Ends campgrounds, 42-year-old food vendor Billy Jason Carson was involved in a fight before leaving to retrieve his Toyota 4-Runner, according to NBC affiliate WBIR.
He then allegedly drove toward the crowd and threatened fellow concertgoers with a gun and drove in circles. After hitting two other vehicles he ran over four men.
WBIR reports Tony Farrell, a monster truck driver from Indiana, died at the scene, while two others were airlifted to a local hospital. One of the injured men was reported to be Farrell’s son.
Carson was charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment.
Rolling Stone reports Trace Adkins’ spokesperson confirmed he had completed his performance and was already offstage for almost an hour when the incident began.
Bond for Carson was originally set at $500,000, but was later reduced to $50,000. The suspect bonded out this week and was fitted with an electronic monitor.
A judge ruled that he is not allowed to leave the state of Tennessee or possess a firearm. He’s also not allowed to have contact with the victim’s family.
A preliminary hearing has been set for August 6 for Carson and a court is awaiting toxicology reports.