Minneapolis band Off With Their Heads involved in van dragging incident in Vancouver

The incident left a 24-year-old woman with life-altering injuries.
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Minneapolis punk rock band Off With Their Heads has canceled the rest of its tour after one of its band members was involved in a horrific van dragging incident while on tour in Vancouver.

Victim Desiree Evancio, 24, was dragged for five blocks by a van and trailer on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 12, suffering injuries including the loss of an eye, a shattered jaw, multiple broken bones and permanent limb damage.

A GoFundMe created for her says she has undergone at least four surgeries since then, with her injuries described as life-altering.

Desiree Evancio

Desiree Evancio.

CTV News in Vancouver reports that the van was allegedly being driven by a member of Off With Their Heads, who had just played at a restaurant in the Canadian city.

While he hasn't officially been identified, CTV news cameras showed it appears to be bassist Robbie Swartwood, who was being breathalyzed and interview after the incident, with a police spokesperson saying the driver said he didn't realize someone was beneath the van.

Frontman Ryan Young posted on the band's Facebook page last week, confirming that a bandmate was indeed involved in the incident, and that the rest of the band's North American tour was being shelved.

"Unfortunately, I have to make the call to cancel the remaining dates of our North American tour," he wrote. "We are all waiting for more information to come to light. Until that happens, I don't feel comfortable carrying on playing live shows.

"Due to the sensitive nature of an accident a band member was involved with, I can't elaborate any more than that. When I can, I will definitely do so."

CTV notes that the suspect driver was arrested and released as the investigation continues. 

Off With Their Heads formed in 2003, releasing its first EP that same year. Its most recent album, Be Good, was released by Epitaph Records this past August. 

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