Los Palominos Drummer Dies in AccidentC

A bus chartered by the Grammy-winning Tejano band Los Palominos ran a stop sign yesterday (Feb. 4) in Port Lavaca, Texas, throwing out drummer Jesse Arreola, who was killed when the bus ran over him,

A bus chartered by the Grammy-winning Tejano band Los Palominos ran a stop sign yesterday (Feb. 4) in Port Lavaca, Texas, throwing out drummer Jesse Arreola, who was killed when the bus ran over him, police said.

Arreola, 31, was thrown into a ditch, where the bus ran over him, said Veronica Diaz of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department. The driver apparently was distracted by a conversation with Arreola when the accident occurred, Diaz said.

Arreola's brothers and fellow band members, James, Johnny, and George Arreola, the driver and an unidentified passenger suffered minor injuries. The driver's name was not released.

Jesse Arreola had recently overcome leukemia, said band producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr. "He had an extreme passion for music; music was his everything," he said. "In public he was very quiet... behind closed doors, he was pretty much the life of the party."

The band performed Saturday night in Port Lavaca, and was on its way to a concert in Kenedy scheduled for Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the band's label.

The brothers began singing in 1984 under the name Los Tremendos, but switched their name to Los Palominos in 1995. Last year, Los Palominos took the best Tejano performance honor at the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards for their song, "Por Eso Te Amo." They received the comeback album of the year trophy at the 20th annual Tejano Music Awards.

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