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UofL student in life-threatening crash meets favorite country music star

Cole Swindell (left) Chelsea Hogue and Joey Osborne (right) Cole Swindell (left) Chelsea Hogue and Joey Osborne (right)

MT. WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) – A University of Louisville student who survived a life threatening accident is getting to meet her favorite country music star.

Junior Chelsea Hogue went into a coma after a car accident in February.

An undocumented immigrant named Jose Munoz Aguilar was the driver of the other car and was accused of being drunk at the time. He is currently a fugitive after missing his next court date.

Hogue has made a miraculous recovery.

“In the beginning they didn't even think she would live,” Sandy Patton, Hogue’s mother, said.

After moving from a wheelchair to a walker, Hogue can now walk unassisted for short periods.

"She's walking by herself,” her boyfriend, Joey Osborne, said. “Her balance is down and everything. It's awesome."

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Her story has gotten national attention. 

"We're getting message requests from people we don't know all throughout the United States saying they support her,” Osborne said.

One of those people was her favorite singer, Cole Swindell. 

"If you know Chelsea Hogue,” Osborne said. “You know she's obsessed with Cole Swindell."

In 2015, before the accident, Hogue met Swindell after waiting for hours at his tour bus. She attended another concert after the accident with a sign that read “I remember loving you despite my traumatic brain injury memory loss.”

The post was widely shared and got Swindell’s attention. Osborne messaged Swindell on Twitter and the two surprised Hogue with a video call between her and the singer. 

Swindell sang Hogue’s favorite as she used her new sign language minor at UofL at sing along.

"It’s wonderful that big of a person could take the time out to actually care about my daughter,” Patton said through tears.

Hogue even got a special invite to Swindell's Evansville concert to meet him. 

“She's on a road to many great things,” Patton said. “There's nothing that will stop her."

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Family and friends have also planned a festival to help raise money for Hogue's medical costs. It’s
Oct. 8 at the Hillview Government Center and includes live music, a silent auction and many other events.

There is also a $3,000 reward for information leading to Aguilar’s arrest.

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