Driver In SXSW Fatal Crash Faces 20 New Charges
A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.
Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-year-old Rashad Owens. An arrest report says Owens accelerated through a crowd, killing four people and leaving 17 injured.
Owens has already been charged with one count of capital murder in the March 13 incident.
Police say Owens was fleeing a patrolman and driving down a street that was closed for the music festival when the crash happened.
Each new charge is punishable by 99 years in prison. Owens is in jail with bail set at $3 million.
No new murder charges were listed, though more could be added later.
A Fort Worth teenager who was injured during the SXSW crash died last week. De'Andre Tatum, 18, was a 2013 Trimble Tech High School graduate. He's the fourth person to die in the SXSW crash.
Jamie West, 27, of Austin and Dutchman Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene. Sandy Le, 26, died of her injuries March 17.