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New Update Shared On Year Of The Knife’s Various Injuries And Their Recovery Process


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A new update has been shared on the health of the various members of hardcore outfit Year Of The Knife. The group were tragically involved in a serious van accident last week upon leaving Salt Lake City, Utah after their show.

The band’s touring van was found to have collided with the rear of a semi-trailer truck, leading to numerous injuries, with vocalist Madi Watkins initially being placed in critical condition. She was downgraded to stable condition several days later, suffering unspecified head and spinal trauma.

Per this update shared earlier this week, she remained in a medically-induced coma with various surgeries ahead of her. Madi is married to the band’s bassist/guitarist Brandon Watkins, with the latter’s parents sharing the following update earlier today, July 06th:

“An update from Brandon’s parents:

Yesterday was an emotional day here in Salt Lake City,UT. Brandon, David Kisielewski (Aaron and Andy‘s father from “Year of the Knife“) and I went to the towing yard where their touring van was. We were able to retrieve everything with the exception of Andy‘s kick drum, which was totally destroyed. It was 3 grown men crying and totally stunned that anyone could have survived such a crash.

After we got ourselves together, we loaded everything up into 2 vehicles and took it directly to a UPS store and shipped every single piece home. The girls at the UPS store were absolutely AMAZING and so accommodating.

Update on the band members:

Andy (Drummer) has two broken ankles. He was released and is back home in Delaware with his mother. One of Toni’s friends donated a scooter for Andy to get around in.

Aaron (guitarist) is Andy‘s twin brother. He had a broken femur which was repaired a couple days ago. He also incurred a lasserated carotid right artery from the seatbelt. He miraculously managing. But, still in the hospital.

Our son, Brandon (guitar and bass) was concussed and received multiple contusions. He was released several days ago.

Our daughter in law, Madi Watkins, is the most critical of all 4 band members. She has so many surgeries ahead of her and we simply don’t know what her outcome is going to be.
She will be staying out here for a long time.

Dear friends of the family helped to procure a furnished home about 15 minutes from the hospital. Toni will be staying with Brandon for an extended period of time. I will be flying home today to get back to work tomorrow. With Toni’s business shut down, I have to get back.

We ask that you please keep all of the children and families involved in your prayers. It’s going to be a long time until the kids can get back to work. Toni, as well.
The band’s GoFundMe is https://gofund.me/a16837d2
Toni’s Venom-@Toni-Knopf”

Brandon also shared some photos from the aftermath of the wreck as well, you can find them below. With considerable medical bills piling up, a loss of income for several parties, a destroyed touring van and the cost of accommodations in Utah, it’s safe to say the group could use any support you can offer. Donations are still being accepted via via this GoFundMe campaign to help get the group this through this tough time.

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