AUSTIN, Texas — An 18-year-old injured when a suspected drunken driver crashed into a crowd of people at South by Southwest in Austin got a private concert in her hospital room by one of her favorite bands.
Members of the band Jared & The Mill, an indie folk band from Phoenix, played for Mason Endres on Saturday afternoon at St. David’s Medical Center, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Endres was standing with friends when police say 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed into a crowd of people early Thursday, killing two and injuring almost two dozen. Owens has been charged with capital murder.
Endres suffered a broken leg, a fractured neck and a broken nose. A rod had to be placed in her leg. Early Friday, she had to have another surgery to repair a blocked artery in her other leg. A hospital spokeswoman said she was in fair condition Sunday.
Her father, Dan Endres, said his daughter has been worried about what she’s been missing at SXSW. Most of all, she was upset about not getting to see Jared & The Mill perform their two scheduled shows.
Mason Endres, a high school senior in Liberty Hill, located just outside of Austin, befriended the band at last year’s SXSW when she saw them performing on the street and then kept in touch via social media.
Two band members were chatting with her just a few minutes before the accident. When they found out she wouldn’t be able to attend their planned shows, they decided to bring the show to her.
“She was on monitors when we told her that Jared was coming, and her heart rate jumped way up,” Dan Endres said. “We all burst out laughing because that was a good thing to see her smile.”
When the band walked into her hospital room Saturday, Mason’s face lit up, the newspaper reported. She sang along with all the songs, tapping her fingers against a rainbow-colored stuffed dog.
Mason said following the concert that she felt better than she ever imagined she would feel in a hospital.