Tragedy Strikes Pacific Crest Family

Zachary HeaddenNovember 13, 2009 (Updated November 14, 2009) – Pacific Crest Drum Major, Zachary Headden, was killed early this morning in an auto accident in Diamond Bar, California.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:45 AM, as Zach and another PC Alumnus, Armando Duenas, were driving home from a performance in San Diego. (NOTE: This is a correction from the earlier version of the story that stated they were performing with the Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble. They were actually performing with a non-college based rock/reggae band.)

His father, Robert Headden, called Executive Director Stuart Pompel within hours of the accident. "I am shocked and deeply saddened about this," said Pompel in a communication to the Pacific Crest Family of members, alumni, staff, board, and volunteers. "The entire Pacific Crest family is stunned, and when corps members call me, I'm asking that they get together to support one another during this incredibly difficult time."

Armando is in stable condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange, according to his sister. He suffered some broken bones and lacerations, and may be undergoing surgery today or tomorrow.

Pompel will stay in contact with Mr. Headden about plans for Zach's memorial service, and will post the information to the Pacific Crest Web site and notify the PC Family.

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