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SXSW crash victim reunited with favorite band

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One of the South by Southwest crash survivors was reunited with one of her favorite bands at Red Fest Saturday. Standing up on the front row Mason Endres sings along. For the second time in two months she's hearing Jared & The Mill perform.

Endres was one of nearly two dozen people hit by an out of control driver during South by Southwest. Austin Police say Rashad Owens, 21, plowed through a crowd of people waiting outside for a show on Red River Street. Four people were killed in the crash.

The band played for Endres during her three week hospital stay. She broke several bones, severed an artery and tore almost every ligament in her knees. With the help of crutches and a wheel chair she says she's come a long way

"I'm recovering very well," Endres said before going back stage to meet up with her friends. Endres befriended the band during SXSW in 2013. She actually had spoken to a couple of the members about 20 minutes before the crash.

"Two months ago this was taken away and now today Jared & The Mill made this happen and we're very excited," said Dan Endres. Music makes his daughter feel good and has helped with what he describes as a rollercoaster ride to recovery.

"It's really unfortunate what happened to her and we're doing our best to make it easier," said Jared Kolesar of Jared & The Mill. The band says it's great to see Mason doing well.

Their friendship throughout this ordeal has helped and Mason's parents know it.

"They've been amazing reaching out and making Mason feel special and making this not such a bad thing," said Endres.

While she's a big fan the feeling is mutual.

"It works both ways. She's a great asset to the morale of our band and I hope we're doing half as much for her," said Kolesar.

"I can't say thank you enough and I can say thank you all day long but it wouldn't be enough," said Mason.

She hopes to walk across the stage in two weeks. Mason graduates from Liberty Hill High School and plans to attend the University of Texas.

"It feels so great to get back into my normal groove of going to shows," said Mason.
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