Hours before he was supposed to be on stage singing for a crowd of fans, this country star found himself in a hospital with an injury that very easily could have left him paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Rich O'Toole is a name many folks know, and he was on his way to making new fans and embarking on a tour that would have brought him even deeper into the world of country music, but his journey was violently interrupted by a terrible car accident that could have been avoided - that's the point he makes in a recently filed lawsuit against Uber and the driver of the vehicle.
In an article published by Markets Insider, O'Toole's attorneys filed a lawsuit in Houston, Texas on July 25th that states the driver, Abdallah Ahmed was hired in late February to drive O'Toole to dinner before his performance in Amarillo, but when Ahmed got lost - things took a turn for the worst.
According to the lawsuit, Ahmed stopped his vehicle in the middle of a highway and was rear-ended at a high speed by a vehicle approaching in the same lane of traffic. It was this impact that nearly paralyzed O'Toole and prevented him from continuing on his intended career path.
The lawsuit states that the "negligence" of Ahmed and Uber impacted his career as an artist by preventing him from touring with Willie Nelson and supplementing his sixth album with its own tour - which was supposed to begin just a week after his accident.
"The trajectory of Mr. O'Toole's career crashed like the car Mr. Ahmed was recklessly driving," Attorney Michael Patrick Doyle stated. "The timing of this negligent crash was spectacularly bad for Rich's career, but he is a survivor and will keep working hard to make heartfelt music for his fans and realizing his professional aspirations."
Speaking out on his own about the incident, O'Toole explained exactly what he has endured since the incident, saying, "Emergency neurological surgery, and the thoughts and prayers of my family, friends and fans, saved me from being permanently paralyzed. My recovery continues to be a long one - medically and musically."
No response from either Uber or Abdallah Ahmed has been issued, but we will publish new information as it is made available.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich O'Toole as he continues on the path of recovery.
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