Tragedy at SXSW: Suspected Drunk Driver Kills 2, Injures 23

Mar 13 • SXSW • 62808 Views

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SXSW has been trending on Twitter this morning, but not because of the festivities. The vibrant atmosphere in Austin dramatically halted Thursday morning at about 12:30 a.m. (CT) when a Toyota sedan plowed through dozens of people outside  the Mohawk, off 11th and Red River, which was hosting SXSW events.  The accident, which caused the death of two people, also injured 23 others, five of them critically. The suspected drunk driver tried to flee the scene, but was subdued by an officer using a Taser and taken into custody, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Dozens of people were struck down in the street and onlookers watched in shock as people assisted those injured and preformed CPR.

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The trending SXSW Twitter hashtag has since been flooded with tweets detailing the police reports.  Austin police Chief Art Acevedo gave a one-minute press conference shortly after the incident; another briefing was scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. today.

 

 

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Source: Villalpando, Rob (CMG-Austin)

 

 

The two victims that died were riding a scooter, according to the Statesman report. Acevedo said the suspected drunk driver likely would be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. The names of the victims will not be released until their families have been notified, he said, and he did not reveal the identity of the driver.

 

Taxi companies and other transportation vendors even took to Twitter after the event, tweeting out phone numbers and urging people to get home safely.

 

 

The SXSW Twitter feed that has been filled with excitement the past week has been darkened by the tragic event as musicians and people share their condolences and thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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