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.
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.
9. Owens reportedly hit multiple vehicles before he plowed into the crowd of people, including a taxi, van, and moped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15. Austin Fire Department Chief of Staff Harry Evans said the department undergoes regular procedures for “mass casualty events” like this.
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.
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.”
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.
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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