Crash survivor allowed to go home Tuesday

Clifford Kinkade speaks from his hospital bed about recovery and support.
Clifford Kinkade speaks from his hospital bed about recovery and support.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The father of the sole survivor of a crash that killed two Austin High School students said his son is showing considerable improvements and was discharged from the hospital Tuesday night.

Clifford Kinkade spoke with KXAN News from his hospital bed Monday.

“[I saw students from school] that I don’t really talk to too much — and yet they came here and they gave me balloons and they actually sat and talked to me for a little bit,” said Clifford. “It was pretty nice knowing that these people cared about me.”

Clifford Kinkade says he woke up on Sunday with at least 30 people around him.

Family and friends packed a waiting room near Clifford’s room Monday. Balloons and flowers decorated his room.

“I felt great when I woke up this morning. I was walking. I walked to the bathroom by myself. I was walking around by myself, with no one behind me having to hold onto me,” Clifford said.

Clifford says he spoke to a minister Monday.

“He really told me, he was like, ‘Hey, you have been given a chance. Please, will you do something with that chance?’ It’s definitely kind of changed me. It’s made me want to be better, to be looked upon better.”

KXAN agreed not to ask Clifford about specific details of the crash because of the ongoing investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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