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Two Dead, Many Injured Following Crash at SXSW

Two Dead, Many Injured Following Crash at SXSW

Early this morning at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, at least two people died and more than 20 were injured after a car ran through the intersection, according to the Austin Police Department.

The accident took place outside the Mohawk venue, where Crosses--the electronic-based side project of Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno--had played Wednesday evening.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said police officers initially tried to pull over the driver at a gas station on Interstate 35 around 12:30 a.m. C.T. for a suspected DWI. The driver then went the wrong way down a one-way street, and turned onto a street that had been closed with barricades for the festival. Acevedo said the driver hit pedestrians at a "high rate of speed."

The driver in his attempt to flee, hit a man and a woman on a moped, before stopping the car and running on foot. The driver was pursued and taken into custody.

The driver will be charged with two counts of capital murder, as well as 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.


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