AUSTIN, Texas (WACH/AP) -- Police in Austin, Texas, say a third person has died from injuries suffered last week when a suspected drunken driver crashed into a crowd during the South By Southwest festival.
Twenty-six-year-old Sandy Le (lee) was outside an Austin club when the driver smashed his car through a street barricade and accelerated.
Twenty-one-year-old Rashad Owens has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.Owens has Orangeburg, South Carolina listed as his hometown on his Facebook page. Police say the car turned into a blocked road full of people. Two police cars followed it. The driver almost hit an officer, went into the crowd, hit a moped and a bicycle. The man on the bicycle, 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of the Netherlands, was killed. A passenger on the moped, a woman who has not been identified, was also killed. The car then hit a taxi and parked van. The chase ended at 11th and Red River Street outside the Mohawk club. The suspect ran from the scene. Officers used a Taser to subdue him. He was not injured. Craenmehr worked at Amsterdam-based MassiveMusic. "During the 8 years that Steven worked for MassiveMusic, we got to know him as an unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter. This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family and we are grateful for the years we spent with him. Our thoughts are with Steven's family and friends," according to a statement on the MassiveMusic website. During a 10:30 a.m. news conference, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said cancelling South by Southwest events in the wake of the deadly crash would be "a victory for evil, not a victory for humanity." Acevedo addressed a crowd of reporters at the site of the crash along with top emergency officials, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and South by Southwest managing director Roland Swenson. At a separate press conference Thursday morning, University Medical Center Brackenridge medical director Dr. Christopher Ziebell said two patients remain in critical conditions with severe head injuries. The owner of the Toyota reported it stolen from Killeen Thursday morning. Police say the suspect faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. To read more about this story and view video from the the festival visit our sister station KEYE.