As previously reported, Josh Woodard recently exited A Day To Remember after past sexual misconduct allegations resurfaced online. Now, another disturbing incident involving the bassist has come to light. Back in 2017, Woodard, who was 30 at the time, was involved in a serious car crash in Florida that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man named Bryant Gonzalez Ortiz.
Loudwire have obtained “numerous legal documents” regarding the accident, but they were “were unable to locate any official explanation as to why he was never arrested or served any jail time or why his charges were so minor despite the severity of the situation.”
According to a Vehicle Homicide Investigative Report, Woodard was driving a 2016 Tesla Model S in Palm Beach County when he “suddenly and unexpectedly crossed over three lanes of traffic and crashed head on into the driver’s side of” Ortiz’s 1993 Honda Civic. Ortiz, who was stopped at a shopping plaza exit waiting to turn, died at the scene, while Woodard only sustained minor injuries. Vehicle Homicide Investigator Alan Soloway added:
“I met with [Woodard] and observed his eyes to be red, he appeared dazed and he had urinated himself. [Woodard] stated his attorney was on the way to the scene and he refused to speak with me prior to his attorney arriving.”
Loudwire also shared further information from the investigative report:
“The report goes on to say that due to Woodard’s lack of cooperation, the detective was unable to conduct an in-depth impairment assessment to determine if his observations were due to impairment or a reaction to a crash of this magnitude. The report noted that no impairing substances were found in Woodard’s car.
Woodard’s attorney, Paul Walsh, arrived on the scene and informed police that Woodard would not be providing a statement and also declined the investigator’s request to submit a voluntary blood sample.
Investigators found no defects in either vehicle that would have caused the crash and reported that based on vehicle damage and crash dynamics, speed did not appear to be a factor. The report also indicated that weather was clear at the time of the crash.
The Vehicle Homicide Investigation Report concluded that Woodard was in violation of careless driving and failure to maintain a single lane.”
About a month later, Woodard returned to the road with A Day to Remember, before his attorney entered a not guilty plea in an October 30, 2017 court filing. An order from that date said the following:
“Further the court assumes this matter has been reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office and it has been determined that criminal charges are not warranted, or this matter has not been referred to the State Attorney to further investigate.”
On December 6, 2017, Woodard went to court and pleaded no contest to careless driving. He was found guilty and was stripped of his driver’s license for 12 months. He was also issued a $1,000 fine and was ordered to pay $106 in mandatory court costs.
On May 10, 2019, Ortiz’s father, Fernando Gonzalez, filed a wrongful death complaint against Woodard, demanding judgement. He was also seeking “damages in excess of [$15,000], plus costs, and all other relief deemed just and proper under the circumstances, and demands a trial by jury of all issues triable as a matter of right by a jury.” However, on April 13, 2020, he dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.
Loudwire reached out to a representative for Woodard, but they declined to comment.