Two of the people killed in a wrong-way collision March 27 on Interstate 10 were members of a British pop music duo their record label described as “one of the UK’s most loved and up and coming bands.”
Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, and Audun Laading, 25, were the duo Her’s. They were killed in the accident along with their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, 37, of Minneapolis, Minn., and 64-year-old Francisco Rebollar of Murrieta, Calif. Rebollar’s Nissan pickup truck collided with the group’s 15-passenger Ford van at 2 a.m. March 27 in the westbound lanes of I-10.
It’s believed Rebollar was driving the wrong way.
The band was on their second tour of North America. They were traveling from a show in Phoenix to a scheduled show in Santa Ana, Calif. when the accident occurred.
Her’s was based in Liverpool. Fitzpatrick was originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, while Laading was from Norway. They met while they were both students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. They graduated with three-year music degrees in 2016.
The pair had recently released their first album, “Invitation to Her’s.”
The BBC reported on their website the duo appeared earlier this month at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. One of the BBC’s presenters, Huw Stephens, said the band was, “excellent, funny, and clearly loving playing to an American audience.”