NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The wife of country music singer Bill Anderson suffered 25 percent brain impairment because of an auto crash two years ago, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday.
'It is my opinion that on a 100-percent scale of the ability ... to know joy and the fullness of life, she is 75 percent able to do that,' psychiatrist Richard Treadwell said.
Treadwell's testimony came in the trial of a $4 million suit brought by Bill Anderson and his wife, Becky, against Phillip Todd Brasher. Brasher, 19, earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Probate Court.
Brasher's truck, carrying irrigation pipe, ran head on into Becky Anderson's car. Police records indicate the load slid off the truck and struck the passenger compartment of her car.
Treadwell testified that Becky Anderson suffered permanent brain damage because of the accident and is unable to feel the normal range of emotions.
'She said she felt kind of 'flat' most of the time, without the peaks and valleys most of us experience in the full enjoyment of life,' Treadwell said.
Also named in the suit was Brasher's employer, Ronco Irrigation.