SXSW Car Crash Kills Third Person

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2014 | Personal Injury

Drivers and road conditions can be unpredictable, and when a car crash occurs, the results can be devastating. Many people do whatever they can to stay safe on the roads, but they cannot do anything about other drivers, especially when those other drivers have been consuming alcohol. Even off the road drunk drivers can still be a danger.

Recently, at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX that attracts over 200,000 people, a suspected drunk driver struck a crowd of people while fleeing the police. So far, three people have died from injuries sustained in the incident.

Rashad Owens, who was driving the car under the influence of alcohol, crashed through a barricade and hit the gas, accelerating into the crowd of people at Austin’s Red River Entertainment District. Two people were killed at the scene and 21 others were injured, including one person who recently died in the hospital. She had been in critical condition since the crash.

Dr. Christopher Ziebell, director of the University Medical Center-Brackenridge emergency room, said the two most serious injuries were life-threatening head injuries.

Five others remained injured at the University Medical Center, one of which is in critical condition and two others are in serious condition. Two others are hospitalized at other hospitals.

The 21-year-old drunk driver is facing charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He is accused of not only fleeing from the police and drunk driving, but also for purposely driving into the crowd of people at the festival. It is expected that prosecutors will seek additional charges against him. His bond has been set at $3 million.

If you have been injured in a car crash, whether or not you were also in a car, contact the Bettersworth Law Firm in New Braunfels, Tex. today. These accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injuries and charges against the perpetrator in a Texas court.