Fort Worth couple, Sugar Land teen among those injured in SXSW crash

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by Jim Douglas / WFAA and Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

WFAA

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 10:21 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- About a dozen Trimble Tech students gathered at the school to pray for cheerleader Curtisha Davis and her boyfriend, De'Andre Tatum.

The couple were run down and badly injured 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 injuries and is not responsive, according to a friend with him.

Davis' mom, Regina Davis, told News 8 her daughter is improving, despite multiple broken bones and dozens of stitches on her head. She is a senior at Trimble Tech.

She surprised fellow students 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."

Tatum's mother is at his side in Austin.

Sugar Land resident Ashley Easley was at Mohawk with a friend when the alleged drunk driver plowed into her.

"My friend screamed. I looked and I saw headlights and then I woke up in my friend's arms," said Easley. "Pretty scary."

Police pumped up their presence Thursday night at the festival.

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