Twenty-five year old Nicholas Crisostomo, the drummer for Atlanta-based heavy metal group Khaotika (pictured), was killed the morning of April 6th when the passenger van in which he and the rest of the group, along with members of fellow metal band Wormreich of Huntsville, Alabama, left the highway on Interstate 85 in Jackson County and collided with a tree. Also killed in the single-vehicle wreck were Wormreich guitarist Ian McKinney, 30, and bassist Paul Truesdell, 29, the latter a resident of Marietta, Georgia.
The accident happened around 7 a.m. as the two groups were traveling southbound toward Atlanta after a show the previous night in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Apparently the driver – 27-year-old Khaotika guitarist Sergio Quesada – fell asleep behind the wheel. Crisostomo, McKinney and Truesdell were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The other passengers were taken to nearby Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Athens Regional Medical Center.
Khaotika vocalist Lariyah Hayes was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. The other passengers were Khaotika bassist Matthew Shaner, 31; Khaotika guitarist James Barile, 25; Wormreich vocalist/guitarist Chris Pyle, 49; Wormreich drummer Chris Pezzano, 45; Wormreich guitarist Stephen Shoemaker, 53, of Jonesboro, Georgia; Stephen’s wife Batricia Shoemaker, 49; Kamilla Hayes, 44, of Norcross, Georgia; and 19-year-old Jasmine Zarinebaf. Their conditions were unknown at the time of this report. The relationship of Zarinebaf or Kamilla Hayes to the band members was also unknown.