In a tragic story that took place earlier in the week, Georgia musician Ben Tucker, 82, was killed in a car accident. Tucker, a famous musician, performed with stars like Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones before settling into the jazz scene in Savannah, Georgia.
The famous musician and avid golfer was driving a golf cart across a cross walk on Hutchinson Island, when a car slammed into him at a high speed. According to Savannah-Chatham County police, Tucker was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The negligent driver of the vehicle that struck him was charged with vehicular homicide and several other criminal charges.
The news stunned jazz enthusiasts and fellow musicians in Savannah, where Tucker continued to be a musical figure after four decades. Tucker made a living by playing an upright bass in jazz festivals, nightclub gigs, and wedding receptions.
Jazz guitarist Howard Paul remembers Tucker as being beloved by so many people in the town of Savannah. Before moving to the Georgia coast, Tucker was a successful songwriter, perhaps most notably with “Comin’ Home Baby,” a song co-written with vocalist Bob Dorough, and recorded by Herbie Mann and Michael Buble. By the time the 1960s came to a close, Tucker had toured and recorded with Lee and performed with jazz greats like Buddy Rich, Jones, and Dexter Gordon. According to the Savannah Morning News, Tucker was also the former owner of radio stations WSOK-AM and WLVH-FM.
Police say that the crash that claimed Tucker’s life is still under investigation. The driver that slammed into Tucker’s golf cart, has been identified as 52-year-old Robert William Martin of Spicewood, Texas. Martin is being held without bond in the Chatham County jail for charges of racing and reckless driving, and vehicular homicide.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Savannah community as they mourn the tragic loss of this celebrated jazz musician. Anytime that someone is killed because of the reckless and negligent driving of another, a wrongful death claim can be made. The family members or loved ones of the deceased are entitled to compensation, which can obviously never make up for their tremendous loss, but can help with sudden funeral arrangements and associated costs. If you have lost a loved one to the negligence of someone else, call a Missouri wrongful death attorney today, to discuss your potential case for free. Give us a call at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.40.CRASH.