A suspected drunk driver fleeing police speed into a crowd of people at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, killing two people, injuring 23, with 5 left in critical condition, authorities said.  The road was closed off when the driver was fleeing from police after they attempted to pull him over after driving the wrong way down a one way street.


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This all happened on Red River Street near The Mohawk bar.  It was right before a Tyler, the Creator show that was scheduled, around 12:30 a.m. Austin time. The show was cancelled following the incident.

Austin Police Lt. Brian Moon provided the following statement:

“The driver continued to drive after crashing through the barricades and hit numerous pedestrians before the vehicle stopped,” Moon told ABC News Radio.

It’s time for us all to check with our loved ones who are attending SXSW.


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UPDATE 3/13 11:00am Eastern: 

Reports say that the driver is in custody and will be charged with 2 accounts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault. 

UPDATE: 3/13 11:21am Eastern:

TSI Friend and Pitchfork Photographer Colin Kerrigan was on on the scene shortly after the crash. “Right after I walked out of Stubb’s, I ran right into the nightmare scene that was unfolding outside…Crazy night. It was pretty disturbing overall especially because Kurt Vile was playing at the venue next door to Mohawk and you could hear his acoustic jams out on the street. So he kind of soundtracked the whole scene without ever knowing what all the flashing lights were about.” – Colin Kerrigan


UPDATE: 3/13 12:25pm Eastern:

Steven Craenmehr - Photo: Myspace.com

Steven Craenmehr – Photo: Myspace.com

Man killed on bike was identified as Steven Craenmehr, Creative Director of Amsterdam-based Massive Music. Massive music shut down operations and released this statement:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our close friend and colleague Steven Craenmehr, 35, on March 13th, 2014 at SXSW. During the 8 years that Steven worked for MassiveMusic, we got to know him as an unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter. This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family and we are grateful for the years we spent with him. Our thoughts are with Steven’s family and friends.” – massivemusic.com


UPDATE: 3/13 3:46pm Eastern:

Rashad Charjuan Owens - Twitter

Rashad Charjuan Owens – Twitter

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen, TX named as driver and suspect in the fatal crash. Owens has multiple priors including a DUI and leaving the scene in October 2011.

In an interview with The Austin Statesmen, Owen’s unnamed grandmother said, “He is good. He is so good… Whatever happened was out of his control, I am sure.” The woman said that he is a father to toddler son. His Facebook page shows multiple photos of him with children and with a pregnant woman. His grandmother also said that he frequently visited her in South Carolina, most recently for his 21st birthday. “I just don’t know what happened,” she added.


UPDATE: 3/13 5:24pm Eastern:

Killeen, TX Police report that the 2012 Gray Honda Civic driven by Owens in the crash was reported stolen by a Fort Hood Soldier.

UPDATE: 3/18 2:43pm Eastern:

A third person has died as a result of last week’s incident in which a driver plowed into people at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, police said Monday.

Austin Police spokeswoman Veneza Bremner identified her as Sandy Thuy Le, 26.

A family spokesperson said Le’s family was by her side at the hospital in Austin when she died Monday morning.

Stuart Gates, Le’s brother-in-law, described her as a “free spirit” — quirky, fun and always smiling.

According to Gates, Le’s family lives in Pass Christian, Mississippi, and her funeral will be held in her home state in the next few days. Gates also said Le’s family has been through a lot in recent years, first losing their home in Hurricane Katrina, then their shrimping business was financially hurt by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. – CNN.com

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