Japanese drummer killed in crash

Nov. 7, 2005 at 9:51 PM
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PENNSVILLE, N.J., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Former Shonen Knife drummer Mana "China" Nishiura has been killed in a three-vehicle crash near Pennsville, N.J., it was reported Monday.

Nishiura, who joined Japan's pop rock Shonen Knife 2001, was on a U.S. tour with noise rockers DMBQ, when the band's van was clipped by car near the Deleware Memorial Bridge Friday and rolled down an embankment several times into the path of a pickup truck, MTV said.

Nishiura, a native of Hiroshima, was thrown from the van and pronounced dead at the scene.

The four other members of DMBQ were treated at a nearby hospital for injuries described as "not serious." The band's manager, Michelle Cable, underwent surgery for a head injury.

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