Another SXSW victim released; Fort Worth man still critical

Posted Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Ten days after a crash during the South by Southwest festival in Austin left three dead and nearly two dozen injured, another victim has been released from the hospital.

Joseph McCraney, 26, who was reported to be in good condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge on Friday, was released Saturday, said Adrienne Lallo, spokeswoman for the Seton Healthcare Family.

That leaves three SXSW crash victims at Brackenridge: DeAndre Tatum, 18, of Fort Worth remains in critical condition while Gracie Nguyen, 23, and Evan West, 29, are in fair condition. Tatum’s girlfriend, Curtisha Davis, was released last week.

West lost his wife, Jamie, 27, who was killed in the crash, and now family and friends are rallying to the Violet Crown barman’s side to help.

As of Sunday, St. David’s Medical Center had one remaining SXSW crash-related patient, Mason Endres, 18, in fair condition.

The victims were injured when police say 21-year-old Rashad Owens fled a traffic stop March 13 as he sped through a crowd of pedestrians on a street closed to vehicle traffic. He was taken into custody that day and remained at the Travis County Jail on Sunday on a capital murder charge with bail set at $3 million.

— Austin American-Statesman

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