According to police reports, 51 Minds Entertainment crew member Dennis Hernandez fell asleep while driving. Two people were killed and others injured Friday afternoon.
The Chicago Tribune reports that two 19-year-olds, Yasmin Jackson and Kevetta Davis, were killed “…when a driver … apparently fell asleep, his vehicle crossed a median and slammed into the students’ SUV.”
Hernandez was cited for driving with a suspended license and other offenses. He was driving a truck carrying sound equipment for the show.
The latest cycle of the reality program has the women living on a tour bus and traveling across the country with Michaels on a month-long tour.
According to VH1′s blog: “Bret Michaels has requested that his participation in the production of the series be temporarily suspended in deepest sympathy as he attempts to reach out to the families of the victims. … Michaels had left Illinois early Friday morning and was not near the scene of the accident.”
Michaels released a statement saying: “As a father of two, I cannot even imagine what the families must be going through at this time. I will make every attempt to reach out to them to let them know that my heart and prayers are with them during their time of grief.”
However, The Chicago Tribune reports that Yasmin’s aunt “said neither Michaels nor anyone at VH1 had contacted the family.”