Fourth Victim Dies Following Car Crash At SXSW

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, plowed into a group of people outside a bar in Austin Thursday, March 13, killing four and injuring more than 20.

1. Updated — March 27, 4:30 p.m. ET

2. Two weeks following the fatal crash at South by Southwest, a fourth victim has died. The Austin Statesman is reporting that 18-year-old Deandre Tatum has succumbed to her wounds.

4. Updated – March 17, 12:30 p.m. ET

5. The Austin Police Department announced Monday that a third victim — Sandy Thuy Le — died as a result Thursday’s crash outside an Austin bar. Le had been on life support since the crash.

6. Police said Thursday Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen, Texas, was the driver who plowed into a group of people killing three and injuring 22 others.

Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman

He is charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. Owens is being held at the Travis County Jail on $3 million bond.

Mug shot of Rashad Charjuan Owens, who has been charged with Capital Murder in the #SXSW fatal incident.

— Austin_Police (@Austin Police Dept)

8. The incident happened outside The Mohawk, a bar and live music venue, on Red River Street in Austin around 12:30 a.m. local time.

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

9. Owens reportedly hit multiple vehicles before he plowed into the crowd of people, including a taxi, van, and moped.

10. Jamie Ranae West, of Austin, and Steven Craenmehr, from the Netherlands, were reported dead at the scene. Twenty-three others were treated for injuries.

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

Police released the names of the injured.

11. Owens had been in town to perform at an East Austin venue before police say he crashed through a crowd of South by Southwest festival-goers early Thursday morning downtown, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Suspect Rashad Owens was an aspiring musician. Here is his soundCloud page http://t.co/7H1FnSxoZ7 #sxswcrash

— foxaustin (@FOX 7 Austin)

12. Acevedo said in a press conference that the incident began as a routine traffic stop at a Shell Gas Station at the I-35 and 9th Street intersection.

RT @tweethorn: @KVUE police chief Acevedo briefing media

— KVUE (@KVUE News)

13. Acevedo said that at first the driver appeared as if he would pull over, but then he gave chase through the busy downtown area.

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

The driver apparently weaved through the gas station, and then began driving against traffic on 9th Street, which is a one-way street.

Acevedo said when APD officers tried to overtake the vehicle, the driver then turned right to turn on to Red River Street, where the incident occurred, at a “high rate of speed.”

14. This is when the driver reportedly hit a couple on a moped, a cyclist, a taxi and a van. The driver tried to flee on foot, but was tased by police and arrested.

@RogPog_: Map of the chain of events that occurred with the accident at #SXSW #SXSWcrash

— RogPog_ (@Rog)

15. Austin Fire Department Chief of Staff Harry Evans said the department undergoes regular procedures for “mass casualty events” like this.

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

Acevedo said: “We do these events very well, but you cannot stop a person who decides, rather than face potential drunk driving charges, to continue at a high rate of speed, go around a uniformed officer forcing him to run out of the way, then at a high rate of speed show total disregard for the sanctity of human life.”

17. Police and emergency services immediately went to the scene of the crash. Mike Benavides, Travis County Emergency Medical Services spokesman, said the five people in critical condition were transported from the scene within 15 minutes.

Red River, earlier

— SPINmagazine (@SPIN)

Reports are coming in of a car accident involving several people outside the Mohawk. Story is developing.

— statesman (@Austin Statesman)

19. This video was shot of the scene immediately after the crash. Warning: graphic images and language.

At 53 seconds someone can be seen receiving CPR.

20. Although police and medical services were prepared and had resources for SXSW, Acevedo said: “Nothing like this has happened at SXSW in the seven years [I’ve] been chief officer.”

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

The Daily Texan reports the area between the I-35 access road and Neches Street, stretching from 10th to 11th Street, will be closed for most of Thursday.

Thoughts & prayers go out to the victims of tonight's tragedy & their families. Thank you to all the witnesses that stayed on scene.

— ArtAcevedo (@Chief Art Acevedo)

If you witnessed, have video/photos of the incident @ Red River call (512) 974-5186. Do not tie this line up for any other reason. #SXSW

— Austin_Police (@Austin Police Dept)

23. Video: Austin Police Department news conference

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo describes the incident.

24. Roland Swenson, managing director of SXSW, said the festival will continue as scheduled.


“As much as we’d like to go home and absorb the shock of this horrific event, we think it;s best for the festival to go on, ” he said Thursday. The organizers also issued a statement.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin.

We appreciate and commend the first responders, as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.

We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night’s events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled.

Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.

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