Jake Owen Opens Up About Gruesome Go-Kart Accident
Jake Owen says the injury he sustained during a go-kart accident earlier this month has put the future of many of the things he loves to do in jeopardy. Golf, guitar, surfing … the singer isn’t sure when — or if — he’ll be able to do any of those activities again, but there’s one thing he’s aching to hold more than a golf club or a guitar.
“Mostly, I just want to hold Pearl,” Owen tells CMT, referring to his 8-month-old daughter.
Owen says he flipped a go-kart on July 7. He was doing about 40MPH at the time and was wearing full safety equipment. When he stood up, spectators were somewhat astonished. “Because they saw me flip on my head and then flip back over,” he explains. “But then I was like, ‘God, my hand hurts.’ Then I looked at my hand and the glove was just disintegrated. After seeing that, I was in shock.”
The singer received stitches at a local hospital and flew home to Tennessee, where doctors “basically put my fingers back on.”
“I shattered my fingers — the bones inside. The doctor said it was like taking a cinderblock and dropping it on your hand,” Owen reveals. “Like it spider webbed the bones inside my fingers. So he had to suture the bones back up to even make it a bone and then put a screw in there to keep it together.”
The pain has been intense, but Owen used the victims of the recent Boston marathon bombing as inspiration and motivation to not miss any shows. “All I could think about was, ‘I’m not about to bail on Boston, a city where people just lost arms and legs and from this coward … bomber,’” he says. “I thought that if those people are Boston strong, then I’m gonna be Boston strong. It’s just a finger.”
Owen expects it will be eight weeks before doctors can even make an accurate prognosis. In the meantime, he’s singing but not playing guitar, and is learning new ways to bond with Pearl. “It kills. It hurts like crazy,” he says of the injury. No doubt, not being able to pick up his baby girl hurts his heart the same. “That’s the worst part about it,” he admits. “I could care less about guitar.”