Fort Worth teens among those injured in South by Southwest crash

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by JIM DOUGLAS, MARIE SAAVEDRA & TODD UNGER

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 11:34 PM

FORT WORTH -- It was supposed to be another fun night in Austin, and a spring break two teens from Fort Worth would never forget.

They won’t, and for a terrifying reason.

About a dozen FW ISD Trimble Tech students gathered at the school Thursday afternoon to pray for cheerleader Curtisha Davis and her boyfriend, De'Andre Tatum, 18.

The couple were run down and badly injured on Red River Street Wednesday night when a suspected drunk driver ran from police and plowed into a crowd at South by Southwest in Austin.

Tatum, who graduated last year, has serious head and brain injuries and is not responsive.

"He has a broken leg, a broken pelvis bone and a severe brain injury," said his mother, Tamara O'Neal, who is at her son's side in Austin.

Doctors aren’t sugarcoating those serious injuries.

“These are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries survives,” said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, Head of the ER at Brakenridge Hospital, just up the road from the crime scene. “We’re going to do our best.”

Davis' mom, Regina Davis, told News 8 her daughter is improving, despite multiple broken bones and dozens of stitches on her head.

Curtisha, a senior at Trimble Tech, was responsive Thursday.

“She was asking, 'Why? Why did he run through us? Why did he run through a crowd of people?' And we can’t give her any answers,” said her aunt, Shemmika Davis.

Regina Davis surprised the students gathered at Trimble by briefly getting on the phone with them. They began to cry at the sound of her voice.

Mrs. Davis told the teens Curtisha was doing much better, but didn't to talk about Tatum's condition in front of her daughter.

"They're saying it's not too good with [De'Andre], and I really pray for him," said friend Shavonna James. "He's [like] my brother, and I really want him to pull through."

Steve Craenmehr, a 35-year-old creative music director from Amsterdam, and Jamie West, a 27-year-old Austin resident and sales clerk, were killed in the crash.

The families of the two teens know they came so close to the same fate, and they pray they will pull through.

“I just want him to get up and walk again, and to at least open his eyes and know that we’re here for him!” O’Neal said.

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