Early Sunday morning, November 16, Dropkick Murphys were headed from San Antonio to Dallas along I-35, on the way to a scheduled Sunday night show in Tulsa, Okla., when a man ran onto the freeway and directly in front of the group’s tour bus.
The man, 23-year-old Dalton Lane Clark, was killed when struck by the bus in Round Rock, just north of Austin.
Initial reports from bystanders said that Clark, a resident of Austin suburb Cedar Park, appeared to have intentionally walked in front of the bus.
The Massachusetts-based Celtic punk group had performed on Saturday night in San Antonio and is due to perform in Mexico later this week.
Clark was later pronounced dead at the scene. The group promptly notified fans that it would be canceling the show in Tulsa, posting this on band’s Facebook page:
Hello Tulsa fans. We have some tough news – we have to cancel tonight’s show at Cain’s Ballroom.
After last nights San Antonio show we were enroute to the Dallas airport to drop off Al and then continue on to Tulsa (as we mentioned yesterday Al is flying home for the funeral of a life long friend).
Sadly however, at around 3 a.m. just north of Austin, we were involved in a tragic and fatal accident when a pedestrian suddenly ran onto the highway in front of our tour bus. Police suspect a suicide.
We were left with a driver that has been severely shaken up by the accident and a bus too damaged to continue onto Tulsa.
Throughout the early morning hours we tried every possible way to get our band and gear to Tulsa but we’ve simply run out of time.
As much as it pains us to miss a show and we truly apologize for it, we’d like to stop and acknowledge that a man has lost his life. Please keep him and any family he might have in your prayers.
All tickets purchased via phone or Internet will be automatically refunded. Those who bought tickets in-person can return to the Cain’s box office during business hours for a refund.
Tulsa: thanks for your support and understanding. We will see you soon!
By Monday, members of Clark’s family had set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to assist his family. The description on the page says that it was established: “…to raise money to help Danielle Phillips his fiance (SIC) and mother of his son Aidan Lee Clark with bills, Aidan’s college fund, funeral costs, and anything the family may need.”
The family said they hoped to collect $25,000 on the site.
It didn’t take long for members of Dropkick Murphys to find out about the site, and the ninth donation posted was a $15,000 pledge from the group’s bassist Ken Murphy.
“Our thoughts and prayers our with you. God bless you all in your time of need. We are so sorry our paths have crossed in this tragic manor,” Murphy wrote on the page.
Immediately after that post, an additional $10,000 was the tenth donation. Another message from the band said: “I’m sorry go fund me wouldn’t accept the whole donation at once. Once again on behalf of the band we are sorry for your loss and grieve with you !!!”