Houston pastry chef in ICU after SXSW crash


AUSTIN (KXAN/KPRC) — Five people are still recovering at University Medical Center Brackenridge after they were struck by a driver in Downtown Austin during South by Southwest last week.

One of the victims, Gracie Nguyen, 23, from Houston, was upgraded to fair condition on Monday morning. She suffered a fractured skull as well as a broken leg.

“They had to induce a coma due to her head injuries and other injuries,” said Cathy Nguyen, Gracie’s friend.

Gracie has a four-year-old daughter and works as a pastry chef at the popular Mark’s American Cuisine.

With those obligations, Cathy said Gracie didn’t have a lot of free time, but she was hoping to have fun during SXSW.

“Restaurant’s a big job, school’s huge, her daughter is a huge job,” said Cathy. “So, it was supposed to be a nice little break for her.”

“We’re all here for her,” said Mark Cox, owner of Mark’s American Cuisine. “And I want to say how much the restaurant has come together.”

While Gracie is still in the intensive care unit, doctors were able to remove her ventilator and she is now able to speak. A fund has been setup to help Gracie’s family with medical expenses.

SXSW Cares is also another place where individuals can donate for all the victims involved in the crash.

Of the seriously injured, DeAndre Tatum, 18; Evan West, 29; Joseph McCraney, 26; and Curtisha Davis, 19 are all at UMCB.

Sandy Le, 26, died from her injuries on Monday morning.

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