Local musician takes stage for first time after tragic car wreck


A local musician in Wichita sang for the first time in four months Wednesday at Botanica after a tragic car wreck left her critically injured and killed her mother and niece.

The wreck put Jenny Wood's music career on hold.

"I did not know if I was going to be able to make music or play guitar again, or sing or anything," Wood said.

The car Wood and Wood's mother and niece were in was hit by a BMW SUV at Douglas Avenue and Broadway that fled from police. She said it was a long recovery in the hospital, after doctors told her she only had a 5 percent chance to live.

"It was a life changing experience to say the least," she said. "I didn't know if I would have anything."

According to Wood music and singing had a big role in her recovery.

"It was what lifted my arms up, It is what put each foot in front of the other one, It's what made my fractures stop hurting," Wood said.

As she got better, she said she started to sing again. She said she sang a song at her mother and niece's funerals.

"I did not know I was going to be able to sing that way and it came out," Wood said. "All of me, my whole body."

Wednesday night, she said she was grateful to be able to get back to what she loved most, which is singing. Although it would be hard, remembering the loved one's that she lost in the car wreck.

"I know that my mother is with me right now, here," she said. "And Rosie my niece is with me now, here."

She also mentioned her dad, who was not killed in the car accident, but died in the past. She put on a show for the packed house in front of her, even inviting some children she makes music with to sing on the stage with her. Just like she does with the children, she said she wants to continue her music career to help others.

"I'm going to devote every single fiber of musicality in me to positivity, connection, healing, communication, unity," Wood said.

A documentary detailing Jenny Wood's journey will premiere at her next concert September 29th at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.

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