Gaunt Singer/Guitarist Dead At 33

Frontman Jerry Wick struck by vehicle while riding his bike, police said.

Jerry Wick, singer/guitarist for Columbus, Ohio, punk quartet Gaunt, was killed early Wednesday morning in an apparent hit-and-run accident, according to the Columbus Dispatch. He was 33.

Columbus police told the Dispatch that Wick was riding a bicycle around 2:30 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle; he died 20 minutes later.

Gaunt, whose core members were Wick and guitarist Jovan Karcic, were an integral part of a mid-'90s Ohio post-punk scene that included fellow statesmen New Bomb Turks and the Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.

Beginning with their 1993 debut EP, Whitey the Man, Gaunt released several singles, EPs, and albums for indie labels Thrill Jockey and the now-defunct Amphetamine Reptile. The group disbanded soon after Warner Bros. released their major-label debut, Bricks & Blackouts, in 1998.

In 1996, Wick made several solo releases under the moniker Cocaine Sniffing Triumph.