Great White Drummer in Three-Car Wreck

By | September 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The drummer for Great White, the rock band associated with a deadly Rhode Island nightclub fire, was involved in a three-vehicle accident a few hours before a concert.

Derrick Pontier was treated at a hospital for minor injuries after Saturday’s accident and was released.

In February, the band was performing at The Station nightclub when its pyrotechnics display ignited a fire that killed 100 and injured almost 200. The band’s guitarist, Ty Longley, died in the blaze.

Great White has donated $37,000 from more than a dozen recent shows to a nonprofit organization created to benefit victims’ families and survivors of the fire.

In Saturday’s accident, an oncoming car crossed the center line and crashed into Pontier’s vehicle, police said.

That driver was listed in critical condition. Pontier’s car slammed into another vehicle, and the condition of that driver wasn’t known.