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.