Fundraiser helps recovering victim of SXSW crash

LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) — The man accused of killing four people and injuring more than 20 others in a crash during South by Southwest faces four more counts of aggravated assault using a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon.

That brings Rashad Owens’ total number of charges up to 26. He faces a total of 24 counts of aggravated assault and one capital murder charge, as well as another charge. Police say Owens drove drunk into a crowd of people, hitting more than two dozen people.

One of his new charges concerns Mason Endres, a young woman injured in the crash.

‘He definitely deserves it,” Mason said. “But at this point he’s gotten so many other charges, he’s going to get what he deserves.”

She was released from the hospital more than a week after the crash.

“I still have my ‘South by’ bracelet on,” Mason said, wearing it proudly.

She says the tragedy actually brought her family closer together.

“All the support and all my family and friends, they keep me going,” she said. “I wouldn’t be like this without them.”

But surgeries to repair a broken leg, fractured neck, and other injuries have come with a cost, both emotionally and financially.

“This our medical bills stack so far,” her mom said, sifting through dozens of papers. “It’s going to be a full time job just taking care of this aspect of it.”

“We know it’s going to be expensive so there’s no way around it,” said her father Dan. “The fact that we still have minimum of two more surgeries, it’ll just keep coming for a long time.”

The Endres family says they’re not going through this alone. A fundraiser at Liberty Hill High School on Friday night brought out friends, family and well-wishers.

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