Dallas DJ John Walker is in A Coma: Here's How You Can Help

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Edwin Watson
John Walker, right, at the DJ booth
At 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, local DJ, longtime musician and father of three John Walker had just left his job at Rockit Lab Studios and was traveling on Lemmon Avenue, near the intersection at Oak Grove Avenue. He collided with a taxi cab. Exact details of the accident are still unclear, even to family members, as they await an official police report from investigators. The frontal, t-bone-type impact caused severe head trauma for Walker, who was unresponsive when rushed to Baylor University Medical Center.

Walker is currently signed to Austin-based record label Harmonious Discord Recordings. When Niki Acosta Anderson, wife of the owner of Harmonious Discord, caught wind of Walker's accident, she immediately set up an online fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/2for2w, which has raised more than $25,000 in five days.

"The support has been amazing. It's been absolutely amazing," Crystal Walker said. "John has so many friends. He's never met a stranger in his life. He cares so much about the Dallas music scene--especially the electronic music scene. His friends and the DJ community have been like a family to us. Almost overwhelming me with support."

The current owner of Elm Street Bar, who is a good friend of John's, helped the couple buy a van back in 2012. He sent her a text message on Tuesday, saying that he paid off the van and is sending the vehicle title in the mail. He's one of many helping the family through this, but plenty of challenges lie ahead.

More than a week has passed and Walker remains comatose. Doctors are currently keeping him under sedation due to a large amount of brain fluid buildup, but bring him out of sedation every so often to check his reflexes and monitor his progress. His body is responding to a large amount of pain, says his wife Crystal Walker, adding that most of his movement is involuntary, which includes thrashing arms, motion in his legs and an intense coughing reflex. According to Waker's best friend of 15 years and co-worker at Rockit Lab Studios, Joshua Kynd, doctors gave Walker voice commands on Thursday morning, instructing him to move his fingers if he could hear. Walker slightly wiggled his fingers.

Joshua Kynd says that after the accident, the immediate level of support from Dallas' DJs and music scene was overwhelming. On the Wednesday of Walker's accident, people flooded the hospital waiting rooms.

"It's strange. He's like a new celebrity. Accidents happen to people all the time, but you don't normally have 100 people in the hospital waiting room within an hour. We had to show everyone over to the studio there were so many people," Kynd said.

Kynd, who showed Walker Dallas' underground techno and house music scenes in the late '90s, is also a DJ, and intends to proceed with plans for an April 20 DJ event at Zubar, which is on Walker's birthday. Walker had created the Facebook event in late February, and was planning to DJ the vinyl-only night with three of his friends, who collectively call themselves the "four horsemen." As Kynd explains it, the four guys draw numbers one through four out of a hat, to determine their time slots, and now plan to play one of Walker's best recorded mixes during his designated time slot.



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djredeyedallas
djredeyedallas

@cantkeepthetruthdown 

you are a fucking idiot, for real. Not only for what you said, but for the fact that the Police report came back 100% clean. Hows that for "truth" you little bitch? Who are you to sit in front of your computer and place judgement on a person and situation you know nothing of. I wouldn't WANT someone like you to contribute to a fund for someone as amazing as John (who, by the way, would have never made such a judgmental comment about you). I hope one day you become a better person...because right now you're pretty much a dick.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

The speed limit on Lemmon can't be higher than 35(I believe at that section it is 25), but at 2:15 am he was apparently driving fast enough to end up in a coma. I won't be giving money to support drunk driving and don't need a police report to tell me so. 

djredeyedallas
djredeyedallas

@cantkeepthetruthdown

you are a fucking idiot, for real. Not only for what you said, but for the fact that the Police report came back 100% clean. Hows that for "truth" you little bitch? Who are you to sit in front of your computer and place judgement on a person and situation you know nothing of. I wouldn't WANT someone like you to contribute to a fund for someone as amazing as John (who, by the way, would have never made such a judgmental comment about you). I hope one day you become a better person...because right now you're pretty much a dick.

optiknine
optiknine

@cantkeepthetruthdown You are a moron. God forbid that you don't end up in a situation like that. Troll.

tribeside
tribeside

@cantkeepthetruthdown . I would love to know who you are. it only makes too much sense that a coward such as yourself would have so little info and so much ignorance to display. So heres some truth for you to keep down. I am offended. If i were to discover who you are I would be having a face to face, heart to heart with you. If you feel that you would like to further this discussion feel free to contact me here and we will arrange a lesson time. You are pathetic


mdwg11
mdwg11

@cantkeepthetruthdown toxicology report was 100% clean, he was in a 2000 pound Honda Fit t-boned by a 5200 pound cab, that's why he is in a coma not because of the speed limit or drinking.

laureniskool
laureniskool

@cantkeepthetruthdown really ? What makes you think it's necessary to comment something like that ? Regardless of what happened , someone needs to teach you compassion . If you don't want to support them then don't . Don't post something like this where his family and friends can see .

laureniskool
laureniskool

@cantkeepthetruthdown you are a horrible person regardless of how you feel about the situation don't you think his family and friends need words of encouragement not hate . I think you should take a good look at yourself and stop acting holier than thou

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