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Third Person Dies From Injuries Sustained In Car Accident At SXSW Festival

According to police, a third person struck by a suspected drunk driver in Austin last week during the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and technology conference festival died on Monday. Sandy Thuy Le, 26, had been listed in critical condition following the horrific accident, in which a man fleeing police crashed through a barricade and struck at least 23 pedestrians, but her life-threatening head injuries proved to be too severe, according to Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Bremner. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Texas accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact our experienced attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.


In the aftermath of the tragic SXSW car accident, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reported that, at around 12:30 a.m. on March 13, an officer working with a drunk driving task force attempted to pull over a Toyota sedan on the frontage road of Interstate 25 in Austin. The driver allegedly evaded the stop and sped away from the officer, driving in the wrong direction on a one-way road and being pursued by police. When the driver, identified as Rashad Owens, got to Red River Street, he plowed through a barricade that was blocking street traffic for the festival and drove through a crowd of pedestrians, striking at least 23 people lined up outside The Mohawk club, police said.


Two people were killed instantly when Owens crashed into a moped and bicycle, and Le’s death this week makes the third fatality in the tragic Texas accident, which has resulted in multiple counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle being brought against the suspected drunk driver. He is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the police, then intentionally plowing into the festivalgoers. To date, five of the injured victims remain hospitalized at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, including one person in critical condition and two in serious condition, spokeswoman Kendra Clawson said. Two other victims remain hospitalized at another location.


If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which our personal injury attorneys can help you pursue.