HILL COUNTY (October 15, 2010)—The two Austin men who died Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision just north of Hillsboro on Interstate 35-W were both members of the band of rising Kyle country performer Bo Cox who had just recently joined the alt-country band The Will Callers
They were en route to Fort Worth to prepare for a performance Saturday night at the time of the fatal crash Thursday.
Bradley Kyle Schroeder, 33, the band’s bass player, and Chase Monks, 26, the lead guitarist, were pronounced dead at the scene Thursday at mile marker 9 on Interstate 35-W near Itasca.
The driver of the other vehicle, Brian Jesus Marquez, 36, of Denton, was listed in stable condition Friday at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco.
The Department of Public Safety trooper’s report says Marquez was southbound at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday in a 2010 Nissan Armada when his SUV drifted off the roadway and onto the shoulder.
The trooper determined Marquez over-corrected and drove across the center median and into oncoming northbound traffic where his vehicle struck a 2007 Dodge Caliber that Schroeder was driving on the driver’s side at the front, killing both Schroeder and Monks.
Tributes and messages of condolence filled both Cox’s and The Will Callers’ Facebook pages Friday.
"Please keep the guys and their families in your prayers," booking agent Trey Newman said an Internet music site posting.
"We have canceled this Saturday's show at Woody's Tavern and will be talking today about moving forward with the rest of the schedule. Chase and Brad would want us to keep trucking."