A third person has unfortunately died after the crash at the South by Southwest festival, which took place in Austin last Thursday. Officials confirmed the death of this third victim.
This victim was a 26-year-old woman, Sandy Thuy Le. She wasn’t expected to make it after the accident, as she was taken to the emergency room in critical condition. The tragic accident has already lead to the death of no less than three people, while a dozen of other individuals are injured.
The person responsible with this terrible accident is Rashad Charjuan Owens, who is just 21 years old. The man has already been charged with capital murder for this incident. It seems that at the time of the events, Lee was intoxicated, which made him drove into the crowd.
The other two people who have died are 27 year old Jamie West and 35 years old Steven Craenmehr. 23 people were hospitalized immediately after the accident, suffering multiple injuries. Most of the victims were in their 20s, which is not shocking at all having under consideration that they were fans attending the festival. 6 of these people are still in hospital in critical condition.
A jury in Travis County will have to determine now if the man will face more charges following the death of this third person. The woman died at University Medical Center Brackenridge, where her family members were present. Naturally, the man who caused this tragedy remains in custody for now.
“But you cannot stop a person who decides, rather than face potential drunk driving charges, to continue at a high rate of speed, go around a uniformed officer forcing him to run out of the way, then at a high rate of speed show total disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Austin Chief of Police said in a statement.
Owens has been convicted several times before. Most convictions occurring in the most recent years. Previously, he was arrested for driving under the influence and leave the scene of an accident. “Despite all of our preparations for dealing with a major incident during SXSW, nothing could really prepare us for how this feels,” Roland Swenson, the SXSW Managing Director, claimed in a statement. “As much as we would like to just go home and spend time absorbing the shock of this horrific event, we feel our best use is to continue to operate today.”