Update: 3/17 Sandy Thuy Le, 26, who had previously been listed in critical condition after Rashad Charjuan Owens allegedly drove into a crowd of SXSW festival-goers has been pronounced dead, according to Austin police. She's the third person to die in the incident.
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Update from Austin Police on 3/14, with a list of victims on Page 2: Rashad Charjuan Owens of Killeen has been charged with one count of capital murder after police say he fatally struck two people at the SXSW festival in Austin. He's being held in the Travis County jail on $3 million bail.
According to a preliminary investigation by the Austin Police Department, Owens was attempting to flee a traffic stop early Thursday and drove at a high rate of speed against the flow of traffic on 9th Street, and then turned right onto a barricaded Red River Street. Police said Owens crashed through the barricades and into a crowd, sending festival-goers in the air and injuring nearly two dozen people.
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Police said Owens hit a moped, a taxicab and a bicyclist, ran up on a sidewalk and struck a van. He took off on foot, and two Austin cops tased him and arrested him.
Of the injured victims, Gracie Nguyen remains in serious condition, while DeAndre Tatum and Sandy Thuy Le both are in critical condition. All three are being treated at UMC Brackenridge hospital, according to Austin police.More »