U.S. punk band claims involvement in Vancouver ‘dragging’ collision

Minneapolis band Off With Their Heads has cancelled remaining shows of its tour after accident in Downtown Eastside

Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads says a member of the group was involved in a collision in Vancouver on Oct. 12 that left a woman with life-threatening injuries.

Desiree Evancio, 24, was struck by a car and dragged underneath the vehicle for several blocks around 12:30 a.m. in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Steve Addison said Evancio was walking near East Hastings and Jackson Street when she was hit. He said the driver was not aware of the collision and drove several blocks to East Hastings and Columbia Street before realizing what had happened.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, a member of Off With Their Heads posted on Facebook about the accident. The band was playing a show in Vancouver on Oct. 11 at SBC Restaurant, which is located in the Downtown Eastside.



Off With Their Heads’ frontman Ryan Young wrote that the band was cancelling the remaining dates of their North American tour. He added that the group is waiting for more information to come to light but that they don’t feel comfortable playing live shows until that happens.

“Due to the sensitive nature of an accident a band member was involved with, I can’t elaborate any more than that,” he writes.

Young says that refunds for the cancelled shows will be available for fans at the point of purchase.

A GoFundMe page has been started that has already raised $116,680 out of a goal of $1 million to help Evancio, who has already undergone multiple surgeries and was set to have facial reconstruction surgery on Wednesday.

Vancouver Police told Vancouver Is Awesome in an email that this incident is still under investigation and no charges have been laid. For privacy reasons, it would be inappropriate for the VPD to provide personal details about any of the parties involved in the investigation.

With files from the Burnaby Now and Elisia Seeber. 

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