The annual South By Southwest music festivities came to a drastic stop last night (March 12) after a reported drunk driver took the lives of a man and woman and injured over 20 people in Texas.
Details of the horrific accident have started to circulate across the Internet.
Two people were killed and 23 injured when a car plowed into a crowd of people early on Thursday morning near the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) music and film festival in Austin, Texas, and a suspect was arrested, police said. Eyewitnesses and other news outlets on the scene described a grey sedan with a cracked windshield plowing into the crowd, leaving a trail of wounded clubgoers in the middle of the busy intersection. (Chicago Tribune)
Local Austin police have already spoken out on the fatal event.
“There is only one person responsible for this, someone with no regard for the sanctity of life.,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters in a hastily called briefing. “Our focus is on gathering evidence and seeking justice for the people who lost their lives.” (Chicago Tribune)
Police claim the driver’s attempt to escape a possible traffic violation ultimately resulted in the injuries.
Austin Police Officer Jermaine Kilgore said the driver of the car was trying to evade police at the time of the crash. Kilgore said police attempted to stop the suspect for a traffic violation. He fled the wrong way down a one-way street at high speed. Police said the suspect then made a turn on Red River Street, which was barricaded off for the festival. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the two people killed were on a mo-ped that the motorist hit along with pedestrians who were leaving a club where a concert had been held, the Associated Press reported. (NBC News)
One of the victims has come forward to speak out on what went down.
Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, said he was one of the first people hit. He said the driver “gunned” the car, “and I was thrown up in the sky.” He appeared to have a leg injury and was being helped by his friends. (Statesman)