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Fourth Person Dies from SXSW Crash Injuries

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

An 18-year-old died Thursday from injuries he suffered after being struck by a drunk driver who drove into a group of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival goers. His is the fourth death connected to the incident.

Teen Dies form SXSW Crash Injuries

DeAndre Tatum had remained in critical condition since being struck by a drunk driver on March 13 while attending the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, but KXAN reports that Tatum succumbed to his injuries Thursday.

Tatum was attending the festival with his girlfriend Curtisha Davis, 19, when a Rashad Owens, 21, barreled into a group of pedestrians waiting for a concert to begin.

Both Tatum and Davis were rushed to the hospital with dozens of others who were injured in the incidents. Davis, who had suffered critical injuries including broken bones and a neck injury, has since been released.

Steven Craenmehr, 35, Sandy Le, 26, and Jamie West, 27, were also killed in the crash.

Drunk Driver was Attempted to Evade Police

Owens was attempted to evade police when he plowed through a police barricade and into the group of festival goers.

After striking multiple pedestrians, a cyclist, two moped riders, a taxi and a van, Owens exited his vehicle and fled on foot. He was arrested shortly after. Police determined that Owens had a blood-alcohol content of .114, well over the legal limit of .08.

Owens has been charged with capital murder and is being held with his bail set at $3 million.

Records indicate that Owens pleaded to intoxicated driving in November 2011 following a hit-and-run accident in Alaska, faced charges in 2012 for criminal mischief and had a warrant issued after he failed to appear in court.

In 2010, he was arrested for and pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and had outstanding kidnapping warrants related to a child custody battle.


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