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Severe Head Injuries in SXSW Crash

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Six patients remain hospitalized at University Medical Center Brackenridge following a fatal accident that claimed two lives at the SXSW festival early Thursday morning.

A medical director of the hospital indicated that two of the patients suffered head injuries so severe they may not recover.

Drunk Driver Drives into Crowd of Pedestrians

According to the Houston Chronicle, 22-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens of Killeen, Texas was fleeing police when he ran through a police barricade and drove into a group of people attending Austin’s SXSW Festival.

The collision resulted in the deaths of two unnamed festival goers – a local woman who was riding a moped and a man from the Netherlands who was riding a bicycle.

Of those injured in the crash, six were still hospitalized at University Medical Center Brackenridge Thursday – two were listed in critical condition, three in serious and one was listed in good condition.

Dr. Christopher M. Ziebell, medical director of the hospital’s emergency department, told the press that head injuries like those suffered by the two patients listed in critical condition are among the worst injuries the hospital sees, and are so severe that people sometimes do not recover from them.

Witness Claims He Could not Hear the Car over the Music

“I literally turned around and saw people scattered everywhere, but it was weird because I didn’t hear anything because of the music.” – Nic Brem as reported by the Houston Chronicle

A Houston-born musician named Nic Brem claimed that the music being played outside the club where the accident occurred was so loud that the crowd may not have heard the vehicle crash through the police barricade.

Brem was at the back door of The Mohawk when Owens rammed through the police barricade and into a group of people on Red River in an effort to evade police.

Festival goers have claimed that the accident could have been much worse if not for many people clearing from the street.

Owens has been arrested and faces two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.


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