Third Death Confirmed in SXSW Hit-and-Run Crash

SXSW Hit-and-Run Crash: Third Death Confirmed
Bystanders assist first responders at SXSW festival crash scene
Colin Kerrigan/AP

03/17/2014 04:45PM

There is more bad news for SXSW goers.

Another victim from Thursday's hit-and-run car crash at the arts festival has died, a spokesperson for the Austin Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE on Monday.

The death of 26-year-old Sandy Thuy Le marks the third from the incident in which 21-year-old Rashad Owens allegedly struck 25 bystanders with his car. Police say Owens was driving while intoxicated.

The spokesperson says Owens has so far been charged with one count of capital murder, but other charges may be added by the Travis County Grand Jury.



Police initially said on the night of the incident, Owens pulled into a nearby gas station in a silver Toyota sedan after an officer working a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop him. He wove his way through a series of parked cars, then took off at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street. He took a right turn on Red River Street, according to the cops, crashing through a barricade and narrowly missing a police officer who was standing guard.

He allegedly hit some of the victims in front of the Mohawk, a local club hosting Spin events during the five-day music conference. He then continued down the street, cops said, where he struck and killed the two victims on the moped and then hit the cab before finally crashing and coming to a stop.

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