Twin Tragedies At Phish Concerts

The Grateful Dead isn't the only band that is generating it's share of summer

casualties. On June 25, Daniel Malone, from upstate New York, died two days

after falling from a car driven by a Bergen County, New York man en route to

a Phish concert at Waterloo Village, New York. According to police, Malone

died at 2:30 PM at Morristown Memorial hospital after his family requested he

be disconnected from a respirator. Malone was one of several thousand people

who were on their way to the concert by the eclectic, jazz-rock-pop

influenced Phish (see feature in this issue of Addicted To Noise). Impatient

with waiting for a shuttle bus, Malone and several unidentified friends

hitched a ride, climbing on top of a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro. The driver of

the Camaro drove his car slowly along Water Valley Road, according to police,

but unfortunately he hit a bump, and Malone fell off, striking his head on

the ground. He was airlifted to Morristown hospital, with a severe head

injury, never regaining consciousness.

In an unrelated incident, two teenagers were killed on July 1 in Warwick,

Rhode Island while changing a flat tire en route to a Phish concert. State

police yesterday identified the two Connecticut teenagers killed as David

Tippett and Richard Nolfi, both of Fairfield. Tippett and Nolfi died after

being hit from behind Friday by a D'Ambra Construction truck driven by

Jeffrey Bettencourt, 36, of East Providence, according to police.

Investigators said they would complete an accident reconstruction before

deciding whether charges will be brought against Bettencourt. Tippett and

Nolfi were part of a two-car caravan of young

people going to a Phish concert by Phish at Great

Woods in Mansfield, Mass. The two were changing a flat tire on their

Jeep in a left-hand breakdown lane on northbound I-95 around 4:00 PM when

the construction truck sideswiped the second car, which was pulled up

behind the Jeep, then hit Nolfi and Tippett. Tippett's twin sister,

Kathleen, a passenger in the Jeep, was looking on when her brother was

stuck. The two were celebrating their 18th birthdays, police said.