Katastro star, 32, among 3 killed in horror car crash

ROCK star Andy Chaves was killed in a horror car accident on Thursday morning, his bandmates have confirmed.

The Katastro singer, 32, was of three victims who died after a vehicle collided with a roadside constriction equipment on California’s north Pacific Highway.


Newport Beach Police were reportedly called to the scene at approximately 12:45 am where they sadly confirmed three fatalities.

The quickly identified Chaves along with Crystal McCallum, 34, and Wayne Walter Swanson Jr., 40.

It was also reported that three roadworkers who were standing nearby when the collision occurred were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

A statement from the Newport Beach Police read: “A car carrying three people that was traveling east on the PCH hit a curb in the median and then slammed into roadwork construction equipment.

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Chaves’ heartbroken band members confirmed his death in a statement on Instagram.

They said: "We are completely devastated to have to announce the loss of our brother and singer Andy Chaves.

“Please respect the privacy of Andy's family and the members of the band as we all begin to process this. Thank you for the love and support."

Replying to the post Dirty Heads singer-guitarist Dustin Bushnell, wrote "Love you guys. If you need anything at all I’m here for you.."

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Sublime with Rome also responded, saying "Our prayers go out to you."

Reacting to the news on Twitter, one fan wrote: “I first heard your music two weeks ago at red rocks and even got a drum stick from the drummer. I came home hyped and ready to see you guys in OC with the fam. Beyond sad. Now I’m a forever fan of you guys. Rest in peace."

Another second added: “Absolutely devastating news…so sad to have learned of Andy’s passing. Thank you for the music and the great memories…R.I.P. Andy Chaves.”

“Rest in peace Andy Chaves @Katastro, you’ll be missed and your music will live on forever”, a third penned.

According to Law Record, Katastro was formed in 2007 by Andy Chaves along with drummer, Andrew Stravers and guitarist, Tanner Riccio.

They were later joined by bassist Ryan Weddle who joined the band to complete the current line up.

The band gained notoriety for their eclectic mix of music, featuring elements of rock, funk, blues and hip hop.

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Their latest album, ‘Sucker’ was released in 2021 with plans for two release shows at the Marquee Theatre next month.

They were also supposed to spend the summer on the road with Iration and Atmosphere.

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