“She had an angel”: SXSW crash survivor to head home

Mason Endres (Lindsay Bramson/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One of the survivors of the South by Southwest crash is finishing up her stint at a rehab hospital and will be heading home soon.

Mason Endres, 18, is expected to make a full recovery after being hit by an accused drunk driver who was fleeing from police on March 13. She has been in hospitals since the night of the crash.

“My face was so beat up and now it’s not, which is cool,” Mason said. “I like seeing that because it’s a visual thing for me.”

Watching their daughter walk again is something Dan and May Endres call a miracle.

“She had an angel, the doctors have said,” said Dan. “What should have happened and what could have happened didn’t. She has a special somebody watching over her.”

Last month her favorite band, Jared and the Mill, played for her in her hospital room just days after she had surgery.

“I mean it’s an unlucky situation,” Mason said, “but to be where I am now is very lucky.”

Mason was one of the lucky ones to survive the crash. She was waiting for her parents to come pick her when police say Rashad Owens plowed through a crowd of people. Mason was in that crowd.

Now, three weeks and several surgeries later, doctors expect Mason to make a full recovery.

“Fortunately, given the impact of a motor vehicle hitting somebody, she’s very fortunate that she didn’t have more severe injuries to her brain or spinal cord,” said Dr. Robert Lee with St. David’s Rehabilitation Center.

“They cut all my clothes off after the accident but they left my wristband on,” Mason said with a smile. I

In regards to the festival, she plans to be back next year.

Mason’s family also tells KXAN she plans to attend her senior prom Saturday night.

She graduates from Liberty Hill High School in June and will attend the University of Texas in the fall where she will major in public relations.

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