CHRISTIAN ARTIST IN AUTO ACCIDENT (METROPOLITAN)
April 12, 1997
Byline: Wende Schwingendorf (Journal Staff Writer)
Local Christian music artist Tony Vincent was involved in a car accident Thursday afternoon near Longview, Texas, on the way to a performance in Houston, but the wreck will not cause cancellation of any New Mexico concert dates.
Vincent, 23, whose given name is Tony Strascina, was not injured in the crash, said Laurie Frey, Vincent's manager stationed in Cleveland.
Drummer Andy Hubbard suffered a broken arm, guitarist Mike Zito had leg burns and some broken toes, bass guitarist Clint Harris had some bruises and sound engineer Kevin Gilbert has some back pain, she said.
Bryan Todd, the band's keyboardist, was also uninjured, Frey said. All six were taken to a local hospital and released.
"They're canceling the show in Houston (Friday), but that's it," Frey said. "They'll go to Nashville to regroup and try to find a new drummer until Hubbard recovers."
She said Vincent will perform solo for the next three tour dates in Dallas, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago, but will have a full band for the tour dates back in New Mexico, scheduled in Roswell April 28, Hobbs on April 29, Alamogordo May 1 and Albuquerque on May 2.
Vincent, a 1991 graduate of La Cueva High School and its student body president, has performed in Albuquerque since he was 2 years old in local television commercials, with the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, the Albuquerque Little Theater and Hoffmantown Church. After moving to Nashville to attend college, he signed a recording contract and released his first album in 1995. His new release, "One Deed", has garnered two No. 1 Christian rock singles, a news release stated.
That title track has been selected as the theme for the 1997 annual campaign for United Way of Central New Mexico. Vincent has donated the rights to the song and will act as United Way's local spokesman for the year, said Joanne Fine, director of marketing and public relations.
Vincent's father, local advertising agency owner Peter Strascina, said Friday that the van they were driving went underneath a semi trailer near Longview, Texas. The semi driver had apparently slammed on his brakes to avoid another vehicle which had stopped in front of him, Strascina said.
A trailer, loaded with the band's equipment, sandwiched the van from behind, he said, pinning Zito, the driver, under the dashboard. Rescue workers used the jaws of life to get him out after a half-hour.
Hot radiator water splashing out from the impact caused the burns on Zito's legs, Strascina said.
Vincent and his band were on a 50-city tour, most of which was traveled on the road, Strascina said.
"We're still a little freaked out about this," he said. "That van was full of angels -- that's the only reason they weren't hurt more seriously."