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Third person dies after SXSW car crash, suspect charged with capital murder

on March 17, 2014, 12:42pm

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A third person has died from injuries sustained during last Wednesday’s car crash at South by Southwest, according to The Austin American Statesman. Sandy Le was among 22 people injured in the crash. Seven people remain in the hospital.

Two others, Steven Craenmehr, 35, of the Netherlands and Jamie Ranae West, 27, of Austin were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, identified as Rashad Owens of Killen, TX, has already been charged with one count of capital murder. He is currently in the Travis County Jail with bail set at $3 million dollars.

Owens was reportedly driving to the venue where he was set to perform Wednesday night when police attempted to pull him over at a DUI checkpoint. Police allege that Owens evaded the checkpoint and turned onto Red River, where he struck more than  20 pedestrians before turning onto East 11th and crashing into a moped and a van. He attempted to flee on foot, but was tased and apprehended by police offers.

Owens’ brother, Lamar Wilson, told the Statesman that Owens had been drinking and was unfamiliar with the streets of Austin.

In light of the accident, SXSW has set up a fund SXSW Cares to raise money for the victims, while The Blood Center of Central Texas is asking for blood donations (via Pitchfork).

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