We were all horrified to learn earlier this month that Toby Keith’s singer-songwriter daughter Krystal Keith and her family had been involved in a terrible car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver.
Krystal, husband Drew and their 21-month-old daughter Hensley escaped serious injury when they collided with the other driver July 4 while on their way to watch fireworks.
“We all survived the wreck, but it’s gonna take some time to heal,” she wrote on her Instagram account July 7, alongside gut-wrenching front- and back-view photos of their mangled, white Mercedes SUV.
Happily, it appears that healing is well underway. The entire family looked healthy on July 20 while in Nashville with Toby for his performance at Ascend Amphitheater, his first Nashville concert in 13 years.
On board his tour bus, Toby spoke with Rare Country about the accident but, in typical man fashion (yeah, we said it), he mostly wanted to talk about the SUV and how it saved their lives. Toby also revealed that the drunk driver pulled out in front of Krystal, who then collided with his vehicle.
“It was a bad accident, but that car performed really well,” he said of the now-demolished SUV. “I looked at it after it was over, and technology is so good today, they make the front end of the car collapse to where it gives some.”
Toby was also impressed with the airbag deployment, saying, “Those airbags in that thing reacted really wonderful. [Krystal’s] airbag went from her head to the brake pedal, and then out the side to the door. She was kind of in a cocoon,” which protected both Krystal and her precious daughter. “The baby was behind her in the seat facing the other way, so she was kind of in the cocoon [too].
“It’s good that they weren’t on the interstate, were probably only traveling 50 and had time to hit the brakes,” he added.
Take a look at the photos above (click on the right arrow on the first image to see the rear view), and you’ll see exactly what Toby is talking about, and why he’s counting his blessings.
Phyllis Stark, Senior Content Editor