Deftones bassist Chi Cheng gets seriously injured in a car accident

Cheng was seriously injured in an automobile accident in Santa Clara, California, on November 4, 2008.

Cheng had been traveling with his sister, Mae, when their vehicle flipped three times after hitting another car going 60 mph, ultimately ejecting Cheng, who was in the passenger seat, not wearing a seat belt. Mae sustained more minor injuries, as she had been wearing her seat belt. She attended to Cheng, holding his head until two off-duty EMTs approached, fortunate to have had medical equipment with them. They were able to insert a tube into Cheng's throat to help him breathe until the ambulance arrived, to which action doctors later attributed his survival.

It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night. He is currently in a Northern California Hospital in serious, but stable condition. I am on my way up North right now to be by his side along with the rest of our band mates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well.”

— Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno