UPDATE, 1:25 PM: A fourth person has died following from injuries he suffered when a car crashed through a barricade and into a crowd of SXSW concertgoers earlier this month. The Austin-American Statesman reports 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum of Fort Worth died this morning at a hospital. The alleged driver, 21-year-old Rashad Owens, is charged with capital murder and remains held on $3 million bail.
PREVIOUS, 3RD UPDATE, MARCH 17 AM: A third victim has died as a result of injuries suffered early Thursday morning when a car slammed through a barricade and ran into a crowd of SXSW concertgoers. The local Austin American Statesman reported that 26-year-old Sandy Le of Mississippi died this morning local time. She had been one of 21 victims taken to the hospital immediately after a man Austin police believe to be 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed his Honda into the crowd while trying to evade police; the arrest warrant released Friday says Owens had a .114 blood alcohol content, above the .08 legal limit, and he is in jail facing capital murder charges and $3 million in bail. Two people, Jamie West, who was on a moped, and Steven Craenmehr, a Dutch national who was on his bicycle, were pronounced dead on site Thursday. The Statesman says six people remain in the hospital as of today, with one of them still in critical condition.
2ND UPDATE, MARCH 13 PM: Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, faces two counts of capital murder and several counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, Austin police said today in releasing their report. Formal charges are pending; the arraignment was expected today but had not taken place as of 6:30 PM local time. The names of the male and female killed in the late-night incident in which a car mowed over a SXSW crowd in downtown Austin still have not been released, though police released the names of the 23 injured via Twitter. According to the police report, two patients remain in critical condition, three are in serious condition, three are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and 15 were treated and released.
According to a report in the local Austin American-Statesman, Owens (pictured) is from Killeen, TX, is a musician whose stage name is KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B25, and was in Austin to perform at a club. The paper’s search of public records also revealed Owens had several misdemeanor arrests while living in Fairbanks, AK, including pleading guilty to a DUI.
Meanwhile, the SXSW Cares Fund has begun accepting donations for people affected by this morning’s tragedy, and a public prayer service is underway at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. The Red Cross has asked for blood donations to replenish supplies used in treating the injured.
UPDATE WITH LATEST PRESS CONFERENCE, 9:20 AM: Austin Police said they will charge the suspect with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, APD chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference that just concluded. The arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon and under Texas law no personal information can be released until that time, though Acevedo said the suspect is a black male. The presser was near the scene of the overnight press conference following the tragic incident at the epicenter of the SXSW film and music festival. During that news conference, set against the backdrop of shoes and clothing still littering Red River Street, home to nightclubs that host SXSW concerts and events, Acevedo described the details of the incident that left 2 dead and 23 injured — five critically.
According to Acevedo, an unidentified driver of a grey Toyota sedan was being pulled over for a suspected DUI early this morning when he evaded a police car and sped the wrong way down a one-way street, crashed through a police barricade and after accelerating struck multiple pedestrians that were part of a large crowd that had been milling outside the clubs on Red River Street. The local paper the Austin American-Statesman reported the crowd was waiting to get into the Mohawk nightclub. Among those struck were a male adult and female adult on a moped. (UPDATE: The female was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said. Previously, police said both moped passengers were killed, but this morning confirmed that the second death was a male on a bicycle that also was struck.) The suspect drove 2 blocks through the crowd, hit the bike, a taxi with two passengers and then crashed into a parked van. The suspect attempted to flee, but police used a Taser gun to apprehend him and he was taken into custody. The area remained blocked off to morning traffic.
PREVIOUS, 1:30 AM: Two were killed and 21 others were injured when a car drove into a crowd early Thursday morning at SXSW. The Austin Police Department confirmed via Twitter that five of the 23 victims transported to local hospitals are in critical condition. One person is in custody following the car crash in which a vehicle plowed into a crowd of pedestrians around 12:30 AM local time outside the Mohawk Club on Red River St.
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