Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash

The accident scene; suspect Rashad Charjuan Owens
The accident scene; suspect Rashad Charjuan Owens
 

The tragic car crash that occurred in Austin on March 13 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18, died due to injuries sustained in the accident in the pre-dawn hours outside a packed club. The latest death was verified by the Austin Police Department.

Tatum's girlfriend was also injured in the crash, according to KXAN. After being hospitalized, she was released on March 18.

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Rashad Charjuan Owens, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd gathered on Red River while attempting to escape the police, is currently being held on a bond of $3 million in the Travis County jail. He is facing one count of capital murder, and if convicted could face the death penalty.

Twenty-four people were initially injured in the crash; two died at the scene, and two, now including Tatum, died later from their injuries.

A breath test indicated Owens' blood-alcohol content was .114, exceeding the legal limit of .08, according to an arrest warrant. 

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The question of additional capital murder charges against suspect Owens is still being considered. "Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge," according to a release from the Austin Police Department.

 

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