David Allan Coe hospitalized following wreck with semi

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 3/20/2013

Country music singer David Allan Coe was one of several people injured in a two-vehicle crash between a Peterbilt and the musician’s SUV.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:28 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in Ocala, FL. Authorities say the self-styled “outlaw” singer was traveling eastbound on state Route 40 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala. He failed to stop for a red light and was struck on the passenger side by a northbound tractor trailer, driven by Robert Johnson of California.

The impact of the collision sent Coe’s SUV into a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. The big rig overturned and slid on its side into a traffic control box and cement light pole also on the northeast corner of the intersection. Police said the secondary crash between the tractor trailer and the light pole resulted in diesel fuel and fresh produce spilling at the scene. The spill shut down portions of the intersection for several hours Tuesday.

Coe, 73; Johnson, 59; and Lisa Mead, 49, a passenger in Johnson’s truck, were all transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Mead was treated and released, but Coe and Johnson remained hospitalized as of 8:39 a.m. Tuesday.

Coe is perhaps best known for his songs “The Ride”, “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” and “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.”


According to a report in the Ocala Star-Banner, Coe’s next two concerts – one in St. Louis, the other in Louisville – have been canceled.

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