Criss Oliva, the lead guitarist of the band Savatage, died in a tragic car accident. On October 17, 1993, Oliva and his wife Dawn were on their way to a festival in Florida when they were hit by a drunk driver. Criss Oliva was killed instantly at the age of 30. His wife survived the crash but sustained serious injuries. The driver who hit them had seven prior DUI convictions and was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison for DUI manslaughter.