Police reported yesterday that a third person died after being hit by a suspected drunken driver last week in Austin during the South by Southwest festival. Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Bremner stated that twenty-six-year-old Sandy Thuy Le died from injuries she sustained when she was struck early last Thursday outside The Mohawk music club. Rashad Owens, the driver of the vehicle, was fleeing police when he drove through a barricade and accelerated his car into a crowd of people in Austin’s Red River Entertainment District. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and twenty-one others were injured.
Le remained in critical condition in the hospital ever since she was hit. Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge, stated that the two most critically injured patients sustained life-threatening head injuries. Le’s brother-in-law, Stuart Gates, said that Le was surrounded by family and friends when she passed away Monday. Gates said that Le’s family was offering prayers and words of support to the family of DeAndre Tatum, the other critically injured victim.
The individuals pronounced dead at the scene were thirty-five-year-old Steven Craenmehr, who was on a bicycle, and twenty-seven-year-old Jamie West, who was riding on a moped. Spokeswoman Kendra Clawson said five of the injured remained hospitalized on Monday at the University Medical Center. Among those who remained in the hospital were one person in critical condition and two people in serious condition.
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Twenty-one-year-old Owens has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He is accused of driving drunk and fleeing from the authorities, then intentionally driving into individuals attending the festival. Owens remains in jail on a $3 million bond and is expected to face additional charges.
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