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Black Tusk bassist critical after motorcycle crash

Sunday, November 9, 2014 6:19 AM PT

Jonathan Athon and Emily Boutwell
Black Tusk bassist Jonathan Athon and girlfriend Emily Boutwell

Jonathan Athon, bass player for Georgia band Black Tusk, is in critical condition following a Friday night motorcycle accident in downtown Savannah. Athon was riding a 1981 Harley Sportster, which crashed into the driver's side of an Acura SUV driven by an 85-year-old Savannah man. Athon was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the crash. His passenger, Emily Boutwell, 26, was hospitalized, but not seriously injured.

Yesterday, Black Tusk issued the following:

"Last night Athon and his girlfriend Emily were involved in a serious motorcycle accident. It's my understanding that a car ran a stop sign in front of them and they had no chance to avoid a collision. He is currently in the ICU, and the doctors have him in an induced coma to monitor his injuries. Emily is currently coherent and recovering in the hospital. The doctors are telling us that all we can do know is wait and see. We will post updates as they become available."

UPDATE: Athon has passed away.


11/9/2014 6:29:20 AM
Terrible news. Why even drive after the age of 80

11/9/2014 6:37:37 AM
Best wishes for a full recovery.

11/9/2014 6:59:23 AM
If you drive when you are eighty-five you might as well agree to get indited for first degree murder if you ever get into an accident that causes someone else casualty

11/9/2014 7:24:43 AM
:( awful. get well soon, man!

11/9/2014 7:34:31 AM
His name, was robert pulson.

11/9/2014 7:42:52 AM
Helmet says, "Wear me while riding."

11/9/2014 7:59:24 AM
meet the newest member of The Faceless.

11/9/2014 8:27:03 AM
Wonder if the hospital will try to turn him into a walrus.

11/9/2014 9:50:40 AM
Hope they can save his beard- Scott Ian

11/9/2014 11:05:54 AM
Jesus that's fcking terrible. Saw them in Tampa end of August, amazing show. Please get better man.

11/9/2014 11:47:36 AM
Rest In Peace brother

11/9/2014 11:59:44 AM
Just another victim, kid.

11/9/2014 12:05:46 PM
Mitch Lucker motorcycle flip

11/9/2014 12:36:43 PM
he died. RIP

11/9/2014 1:14:40 PM
shitty news. Athon is a good dude. Hope he gets better.

11/9/2014 1:15:22 PM
RIP brother. Sad news.

11/9/2014 4:15:30 PM
fcking piece of shit red light runners fck off so many peoples lives really fcking unfair