Singer Emilio's condition improving

April 17, 2008 5:53:14 AM PDT
Emilio Navaira has reached a significant milestone in his recovery and has been upgraded to fair condition at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Emilio was injured when the tour bus he was driving crashed on the West Loop last month. He has remained in critical condition since the accident early on Easter Sunday morning.

Navaira's manager tells Eyewitness News today the singer is talking a bit and eating, and he does remember some things, like his family. Joe Casias says Navaira hasn't talked about the accident, and family and friends haven't asked him about it.

The wreck also put members of his band Rio in the hospital. Police are still trying to figure out how the accident at Loop 610 and the Southwest Freeway happened. The band had performed the night before at a club in southeast Houston.

The Bellaire Police Department says eight people, including Navaira, were in the bus. The Grammy Award winning singer was ejected, suffering severe head injuries.

Emilio is a San Antonio native who studied music at Southwest Texas State, now called Texas State University. He formed the band Emilio y Grupo Rio with his brother Raul in 1989.

The band has released more than a dozen gold and platinum records and won a Grammy in 2003. Emilio performed at the rodeo's Go Tejano Day in 2007.

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