18-year-old Mason Endres was standing with her friends at a corner during the South by Southwest festival, when a drunk driver barreled into a crowd of people, including Mason.
“We couldn’t move before it just mowed us down,” said Grace Neill, a friend of Mason’s who was standing next to her when the car hit them both. Grace was knocked to the curb and was badly bruised. “Then we look around, and not everyone is with us, and we realized that Mason is gone,” she said.
Several feet away from the intersection, Mason was found, completely covered in blood. As a result of the impact, she suffered a broken leg, a fractured neck and a broken nose. She was immediately rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Despite the pain and the surgeries, Mason has been in good spirits, but still was disappointed by the fact that she would not get to see one of her favorite bands, Jared & The Mill.
Mason befriended the members of the band at last year’s SXSW when she saw them performing on the street, and she has kept in touch with the band via social media.
When the members of band discovered that she would not be able to attend their show, they decided to come and visit her.
“I think the pure excitement of everything has gotten me through today,” Mason said, following the private concert for her, her friends and family. “Today, I felt better than I ever imagined I thought I would feel in a hospital.”