Outlaw country artist David Allan Coe was in a car accident early Tuesday in Florida. He was struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala.
According to a report in the Ocala Star-Banner, Coe was apparently at fault. He was cited by Northern Florida police for running a red light. Neither speeding nor alcohol, however, are suspected. Coe told an officer at the hospital that he didn’t remember anything just before the crash.
Coe’s official website reports that the 73-year-old performer is ”recuperating from his accident and will be OK,” with Coe’s agent confirming the cancellation of his concerts in St. Louis and Louisville, Kentucky.
Authorities reported the truck’s driver, 50-year-old Robert Johnson, and passenger, 49-year-old Lisa Meade, were also injured. Ocala police additionally released that Coe was driving a 2011 Suburban which was hit broadside. Coe’s vehicle was pushed it into a nearby parking lot and the truck flipped sideways and wrapped around a pole, spilling the its haul of radishes and corn.
Often associated with the 1970s Outlaw country scene, Coe has a reputation as a rebel (one of his guitars is even emblazoned with the image of the Confederate flag), partly thanks to the time he spent in prison. His music, though, can be introspective and at times surprisingly gentle.
He’s best known for such songs as “Longhaired Redneck,” “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “Would You Lay with Me (in a Field of Stone),” and “The Ride.” He also wrote the 1970s Johnny Paycheck anthem “Take This Job and Shove It.”
- Alex Long, 98.5 WNCX/Cleveland and Kurt Wolff, Radio.com