Community Mourns Tragic Death of Bearded Brothers Band Fiddle Player
HUDSON (PASCO) – A heartbreaking loss for the local music community, after a motorcycle crash claimed the life of a talented fiddle player and member of the Bearded Brothers Band.
RNRF first broke the tragic news just before 10:00 p.m. last night after receiving numerous viewer tips of the horrific crash. We soon learned the identity of the deceased as 33-year-old Robert Leroy Cartwright of New Port Richey.
This morning the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Cartwright’s death and provided a preliminary report on what led to the accident.
According to reports, 56-year-old Francine Chery of Port Richey was traveling northbound on US-19 and attempted a left turn onto Beach Blvd. Cartwright was traveling southbound and collided with the right rear of Chery’s SUV. Cartwright was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Officials say charges are pending against Chery who also sustained minor injuries in the crash.
An outpouring of sympathy and grief from those who knew and loved Cartwright have already begun posting on social media.
On their official Facebook page, the remaining members of the Bearded Brothers Band posted “This evening our brother Rob was in a motorcycle accident and it is with the heaviest of hearts that we say WE LOST OUR BROTHER! We are completely devastated, destroyed and in disbelief!
We appreciate the outpouring of support and messages at this incredibly difficult time. Please continue to pray for us and Rob’s family. Such a terrible loss.
From your mom, son, fiancé, and your brothers, Rob you will forever be in our hearts! We love you!”
Fellow musician Bob Hope posted “Rip to an amazing musician and man Rob Cartwright. You were taken too soon and will be missed by so many that you touched with your heart and talent. My condolences to our bearded brothers. Heaven has gained another angel.”
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