Driver to be charged with two counts of capital murder
AUSTIN (KXAN) -The driver in a deadly downtown wreck — allegedly involving drunken driving — will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle after the car plowed through a crowded street full of people waiting for a South by Southwest concert.
A man and woman are dead, and 23 are hurt after the car hit a crowd of people outside The Mohawk. Police say the suspect sped off, after being stopped on suspicion of DWI.
The driver almost hit a police officer with the car while trying to get away, according to police. The suspect then went the wrong way on Ninth Street, plowed through a barricade on Red River Street, and hit the people in the crowd.
The suspect then went through 10th and 11th streets before hitting a van. That’s when police say the driver jumped out of the car and began to run, but police managed to use a Taser and arrest the suspect.
Officials pronounced a man and woman on a moped dead at the scene, and EMS crews took 23 people to the hospital.
Mohawk canceled all its events Wednesday night, and officials evacuated Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Meanwhile, Red River Street is closed from Ninth to 11th streets.
Police have set up a specific number for people to call if they have pictures, video or information about this situation.
Police posted on Facebook, “If you witnessed, have video/photos of the incident @ Red River call (512) 974-5186. Do not tie this line up for any other reason.”
In-Depth: Survivors hospitalized
Following the crash, 23 people survived and went to area hospitals — five in critical condition and five in serious condition. In addition, there were 13 people with what officials called “minimal injuries” — all of whom were treated and released.
- St. David’s South Austin Medical Center: 13 people with minimal injuries
- St. David’s Medical Center: Two patients
- University of Medical Center Brackenridge: Two critically injured patients, three seriously injured, one in good condition, and two treated and released — including the driver
As far as the remaining four patients at St. David’s, one is in good condition, one is in fair condition, and two are in serious condition, according to St. David’s HealthCare spokeswoman Denise Bradley.
Officials explained why they used different hospitals early Thursday morning, saying that any time there is a “mass casualty incident” they reach out to area hospitals to see what the different emergency rooms can handle.
All critical patients headed to UMCB, since it is closest and is a certified Level 1 Trauma Center.
Anyone looking for information on the people involved can call the hospitals.
- St. David’s Medical Center 512-476-7111
- St. David’s South Austin Medical Center 512-447-2211
- University Medical Center Brackenridge main number 512-324-7000.